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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXVI 



JANUARY 1. 1988 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HO! REAPERS OF LIFE'S HARVEST 

Ho! Reapers of life's harvest, Why stand with rusted blade, 
Until the night draws round thee, And day begins to fade? 
Why stand ye idle, waiting For reapers more to come? 
The golden morn is passing, Why sit ye idle, dumb? 

Thrust in your sharpened sickle, And gather in the grain; 

The night is fast approaching, And soon will come again; 

The Master calls for reapers, And shall He call in vain? 

Shall sheaves lie there ungathered, And waste upon the plain? 

Come down from hill and mountain In morning's ruddy glow 

Nor wait until the dial Points to the noon below; 

And come with stronger sinew, Nor faint in heat or cold, 

And pause not till the evening Draws round its wealth of gold? 

Mount up the heights of wisdom, And crush each error low; 
Keep back no word of knowledge That human hearts should know; 
Be faithful to thy mission In service to the Lord, 
And then a golden chaplet Shall be thy just reward. 

- I. B. Woodbury 



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USING THE NEW YEAR 

As one year draws to its conclusion, another year begins. 
Traditionally with the coming of the new year there is a habit of 
making resolutions. These resolutions deal with improvements 
needed to be made in our lives. The new year beings a slight desire 
to have a new life in the new year. 

Unfortunately as traditional as the making of resolutions is, it is 
just as traditional to break them. At the end of the upcoming new 
year, probably the same resolutions will be made again. Reso- 
lutions made only in the strength of the flesh will soon be broken. 
Human strength can not long endure in these new resolutions. 

It is worthy to resolve to make these changes but it is far more 
worthwhile to make the effort needed to carry them into effect. It is 
far easier to dream of the wanted changes than to accomplish 
them. But there is no reward for the thought or intent behind the 
uncompleted wish. The thought is necessary to begin but there 
must be an accompaning action for the reward to be given. Before 
a house is built there has to be an idea which will produce a 
blueprint. Then comes digging for the foundation and pouring it 
and adding the framework until the building is complete. When 
done, it can be sold or occupied. That is the reward at the end of 
the idea. To have stopped at any point before it was completely 
done would have brought ridicule instead of reward. 

A good foundation is needed for a sturdy house. But a foun- 
dation alone is not a house. In fact if the rest of the building is not 
built upon that foundation, the weather will eventually destroy the 
foundation. Good intentions if not carried into practice are soon 
destroyed. 



THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1988 

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New Years resolutions are good intentions. It is up to us whether 
they will be carried into practice or be destroyed by inactivity. As 
the New Year stretches ahead of us, we think we have a long time to 
accomplish our purpose but as we approach the beginning of 
another new year; if time continues, we will again realize how short 
a year really is. Time flies and unless we master it we will lose its 
advantage. If we do not use time but merely float along with it, we 
will not accomplish much. 

It doesn't matter whether our endeavor is secular or Spiritual. 
There is a need for continual application of effort towards its 
completion. Just as temporal affairs demand a part of our time, so 
the Spiritual needs to be given ourtime and talents. We often boast 
of great Spiritual undertakings that we are going to do but we never 
accomplish them. Much of our task will be day to day toiling that 
will not seem very important or even necessary. But that daily 
repetitive labor will accomplish its goal over a period of time. 

Are we willing to invest more time and effort during this new year 
to accomplish not only our material goals but also Spiritual goals? 
Too often a good time along the way causes us to lose sight of our 
goal. 

Our talents are all different. We can either learn how to do a 
certain task or else pay someone else to do it for us. We can 
accomplish our tasks. If we do not use the talents entrusted to us 
they will be taken from us. 

Our daily tasks may seem humdrum, boring or unnecessary but 
our overall goal for the new year cannot be done without some less 
than exciting daily tasks. These repetitive tasks come to seem 
more like nuisances than steps to the accomplishment of our 
greater goal. Our resolutions will be unaccomplished if we expect 
them to happen without repetitive action. Each day of the new year 
contains the opportunity to accomplish at least a wee bit of our 
yearly resolution. 

!t is very easy to be drawn from our daily, boring labor which 
does not seem very vital in accomplishing our resolution. When it 
seems unimportant it is easy to set it aside. But when one little 
detail is neglected it is easier to neglect yet another detail until 
finally so many details will be left undone that the overall project 
will never be completed. 

If you want to make resolutions concerning needed changes in 
your life that is good. Change is never easy and change within 
yourself is the hardest to accomplish. Your resolutions demand 
much effort. Along with the effort there must be a determination to 
stick to the job, day after day until it is done. For it may become 
easier than ever to quit. When the goal is reached the work and 
determination needed will seem worthwhile. It will then become 



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apparent how necessary it was. 

Make your resolutions. Keep your resolutions. 

NOTHING NEW? 

New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate, but after that, it's the same 
old thing. One day follows another until a year ends and it is filled 
with mostly routine things. The sun rises and sets as always, the 
moon continues on circling the earth on schedule. Oak trees 
continue to have acorns and cows continue to have calves. Nothing 
really is new, nothing really ever changes, not even the problems of 
mankind. Life and death for all creation just continues on, always 
following the same pattern. 

Why then all the fuss over a new year? Will it be any different 
than the last one, or must it be just the same old thing, day in and 
day out? "There is no new thing under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9) and it 
doesn't take us long to find this out. Life can be very ho-hom at 
times, yet there is a way to have newness in your life, a way to bring 
meaning and purpose into an otherwise dreary existence. This way 
is in Christ. With Him, life won't be the same old thing day in and 
day out. 

'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 
5:17. To have a new life, you must be made new within. To be 
made new within, you must have Christ. Jesus can set you free 
from the past, He can change what you are now, and give you a 
future that is worth looking forward to. The newness in your heart 
will change your perspective on life, and even the routine things 
will take on a new meaning. 

"Therefore we are buried by baptism into death: that like as 
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even 
so we also should walk in newness of life." Rom. 6:4. The newness 
in your heart brings a newness in your life — a new walk, a new 
talk, a new set of values. Everything is different when Christ comes 
in, and the sin goes out. From Him comes the strength to say, "no" 
to the Devil, to say "no" to the old ways and attitudes. This 
newness is a total change, not just a new exterior, and it shows in 
all we do. 

"But now are we delivered from the law, that being dead wherein 
we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in 
the oldness of the latter," Rom. 7:6. The Law pointed out sin; Jesus 
sets us free from sin. After that, we are expected to serve Him. Our 
service should come from our hearts, with a desire to please Him. 
We can keep a set of rules, but unless there is a change in our 
hearts first, our service will be meaningless. 



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"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the 
new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true 
holiness." Eph. 4:23-24. The renewal or newness starts within. A 
spiritual housecleaning takes place and in due time, one's whole 
life will be changed. This is not just a "facelife", but we become 
new creations in Christ. Life may go on the same and the world 
doesn't change, but we do change. 

Is anything new with you? Or are you traveling in the same old 
rut? If you are, Jesus can change all this. "Nothing new" can 
become "all is new" in Him. Get out of your rut, comfortable 
though it may be, and see what Jesus has for you. As the days 
come and go, and 1988 unfolds before you, let Jesus make it a 
worthwhile year. There is no new thing under the sun — except 
in Jesus! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"A Challenge for 1988" 

We, as members of God's Bible believing family... are a team and 
as such we need to be cheering on one another in the Christian 
race. We span many miles in regard to our homes but we are a 
team and we need to be functioning as a team. 

I challenge you in 1988 to encourage each other more... so none 
of us will become hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Encourage 
each other by phone... by mail... by prayer... in any way possible... 
that we might all be victorious and meet with each other as a part of 
God's forever family in eternity. 

Encouragement is not an option... it is a must and even a Bible 
command. The Apostle Paul was a constant encourager of the 
early churches. Read the Corinthians, the Colossians and Philip- 
pians and see encouragement in action. Yes, he warned, instructed 
and admonished but ultimately he encouraged them for further 
growth. 

We can only encourage if there are strong relationships main- 
tained among God's people. We need to offer more affirmation and 
appreciation for each other. Encourage others in their strengths 
and pray for each other's weaknesses. 

Encourage in compassion... in the love or tne Lord. ACT, don't 
just talk about what you are going to do, but do it. Be constantly 
challenged in '88 for improvement in Christian relationship. Some- 
times we seem to forget that the Amalakites are on the outside of 
the church. We throw stones at brothers and sisters and in doinq 
so give Satan the victory. 



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SMILE! It only takes twelve facial muscles to do it and frowning 
takes sixty-six... plus your wrong attitude muscle. We can never be 
"body builders" without smiles and an optimistic zeal to build up 
the Body of Christ. This will require rooting and grounding in 
love... but think what a church we can have if we go forward 
working, exhorting, encouraging, cheering each other along... 
dwelling in the Spirit of God. 

Building a house is a special accomplishment but to tear one 
down doesn't take skill at all. It just takes a big explosion. Be a part 
of the builders in the Body and not one of the demolition team. 
Construct, confirm and teach. Edify and be concerned about 
getting other Christians up the ladder ahead of yourself. 

If you are a builder, you will give others respect. If you are a 
builder, you will work toward a goal. If you are a builder, you will 
sell out for Jesus. Remember, anything that does not build up 
tends to tear down and is not in our best interest nor the church's 
best interest. Build others up verbally and build them up actively. 
Usethe spiritual gift of gifts God has given you to climb high up the 
ladder of spirituality and to help others to have an easier climb up 
that same ladder. 

In '88, choose to be edifier. It will be the most fulfilling and 
rewarding position to be in during this year. Let's heal the body 
with kindness. The Bible commands that we be kind and it is a 
grass roots part of our faith. Exercise it at home, in the church and 
out in the world. Don't let slopiness of manners ruin your public 
witness. 

Kindness is really usefulness, availability and a generous dis- 
position. It is love... and it is of God. Love is kind! 

Choose submission for 1988. Submit to authority, to others in 
the body, to the will of God. Submit to the church and her govern- 
ment. Submission is never degrading and in fact, it is a sign of 
greatness. It is a sign that we understand our great supreme 
Example better. The real test of submission is to carry the standard 
that the Church has raised. Be sincere and don't miss the blessings 
that come from this "quality of life." 

Learn to really forgive this year. To forgive is to lay aside, omit 
and yield up to another. Will you? To forgive is to drop the charges 
against others that you are carrying in your heart. 

Enter into the new year with a genuine desire to comfort a 
hurting world. Someone needs you in a very special way. Are you 
making yourself available? Won't you heed the call? The basis for 
comfort is hope and to practice comforting is to know the comfort 
of Christ in your own life. 

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being built on the principles of Jesus Christ. You have a 
contribution to make and you must make it or the Body will be 
broken and not complete. If you firmly believe the Bible... believe 
in the God of the Bible... and love and care for each other... if you 
have a desire to see others saved and become a part of the Family... 
you will have a full and rewarding year ahead. Our dynamic and 
creative God promises to bless us with "all spiritual blessings." 

"Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice." Live a daily 
life of praise... "praising God with your whole heart in the company 
of His people..." praising Him today and forever. 

The challenge for 1988.,. be all you can be for Jesus Christ. His 
coming is near... eternity but a breath away... live Life fully for Him. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE NEW YEAR AND THE DAY OF ALL DAYS 

We are nearing the end of another year and also the beginning of 
a New Year. The changing from one year to another is not very 
important to us. More important is that we be prepared for the day 
of all days when the world shall be judged, when the Saviour will 
appear to gather His faithful to live with Him in the Eternal City of 
God. It will be a glorious day for those who have washed their 
robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Will we be 
among those who shall continue to live and abide at the Saviour's 
right hand? 

We are living in perilous times. Never before in the history of 
mankind have we been blessed with so many things that make life 
comfortable and easy. Many of these things which could be used 
to the honour and glory of God are used for evil. 

Also never before in the history of mankind was human life in 
such great danger because of the terrible destructive weapons that 
exist among the great nations of the world. Lasting peace can only 
be achieved by those who take God at His Word. We need the 
peace that Christ brought that will go on into eternity. 

What will our answers be in the day of all days when the world 
shall be judged? Have we worked with a will in the days of our 
youth and loyally stood for the kingdom of truth? 

There is an old saying, "The old must die and the young may 
die." We have no future promise of life in this wicked and sinful 
world. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmove- 
able, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye 
know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." What we have done 
in the past year is done for eternity. As we look forward to the 
coming of another year, is it our intention to start it out right? We 
can make plans but the Lord only knows what is in store for us in 



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the future. 

We who are old in this life have seen many years come and go. It 
does not seem long since I was young in this life and now I am 
nearing the four score year mark. 

If we are true to the Gospel we have no time for the foolish and 
evil things of this world. Job said, "When a few years are come, 
then I shall go the way whence I shall not return." When our life's 
work is ended will we cross the swelling tide and the bright and 
glorious morning see? Today is the day of salvation. Work for the 
night is coming. We should always be prepared for the day of all 
days. The Psalmist David said, "So teach us to number our days, 
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." 

Do we have the Christ like Spirit dwelling within us to be a good 
example to others or are we among those who are stumbling 
blocks to others? John, the Revelator, gives a description of what 
is in store for those who are unprepared for the glorious eternity in 
the day of all days when the world will be judged. 

"Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." 
We should realize in our weakness we need to rely upon Christ. For 
we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. 

There is a glad time coming for the true and faithful at the resur- 
rection of the just. When the pains, hardships and sufferings of this 
life are over, Praise God, we can look forward to a much better life 
to come. It is a very important matter that we be prepared at all 
times for we do not know when that time will be when we must lay 
this earthly armour down. 

In our lifetime we have seen many who have fallen away from the 
faith of the Gospel and evil men and seducers waxing worse and 
worse, deceiving and being deceived. This gospel prophecy is 
coming into fulfillment. It shall be so in the latter days. We are told 
many will be disappointed in the days of all days when the world 
shall be judged. May we be among them who are prepared for the 
Eternal City of God. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 1, 1928 

OUR HOMES 

Glenn Gripe 

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were 
dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with 



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hands, eternal in the heavens." II Cor. 5:1. 

Many, many times we are called to view all that remains of our 
friends and relatives. Their soul has departed and taken its flight 
from this temple of clay that housed it. These occasions are not 
pleasant; but they come and no man can prevent them. These 
bodies are made from the dust of the earth and when we have used 
them sufficiently we must leave them go back to the earth again. 
No man is exempt from this. 

These occasions remind us that we also must go the way of all 
the earth, that sometime our friends who remain will gather 
together at the house and then possibly follow our body to the little 
church on the hill where the minister will make a last few remarks, 
and then to the hillside where the sod has been lifted from its place, 
where our body shall return to the earth; then it will not be long 
until the grass will cover the little mound of earth. In a generation 
or two we shall be forgotten by all upon the earth. Is this the end? 

Many a man has lived in terror at the thought of that which we 
have just outlined. They have thought of it by day and dreaded it 
by night until some have no rest at all. Especially if they are sick 
and have no hope that they will recover; then do they think of 
death, and having no hope they live in torment during their last 
hours upon this earth, and shall continue so in the world to come. 

The servant of the Lord does not have this dread. Death is not 
full of horror for him. To him the future is not eternal darkness. He 
can look forward to his departure from this life with a certain hope 
that is known to only those who are servants of the most high God 
and who have been washed in the blood of Jesus. To him this is a 
time when the imperfect shall be made perfect, when the corrupt- 
ible shall put on incorruption. This present tabernacle is full of 
imperfections that the heavenly tabernacle shall not have, all 
weaknesses that we now know shall be left with this present weak 
body that we now call our own. 

God shall give us this building, the future abode of our spiritual 
body. It is only He that can supply our eternal needs, and He will 
fashion the temple in which we are to dwell when we leave this 
present one here upon earth. It is a gift of God, He shall supply it. 

If men were to make this house it would not be perfect. Some- 
times we read of doctors performing wonderful experiments upon 
the bodies of men and women. They can change the appearance 
of a person and even remove a part the body but even then the 
results of their labor are not as perfect a body as a normal healthy 
person would have. Man never has and never can make a perfect 
body for this mortal being; how could he make a perfect immortal 
body? After we have done all we can, then we shall be compelled 
to come before God and receive that which He has made for us. 



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This house we shall receive shall be eternal. We look into the 
past and we see many nations which were once powerful and have 
now gone into history, many men who were once intellectual giants 
who have gone the way of all the earth, and many who were perfect 
of body who no more display their perfection. As the years roil by 
we who are now so strong and active shall gradually see that 
strength decline and we shall lose the ability to stand up under a 
hard day of labor, the step shall grow shorter, and the time shall 
come when the body must be laid aside. Not so with the house 
God has made for our spiritual body. This house shall be eternal. 

When we receive this building we shall not dwell here upon earth, 
but in heaven where God Himself dwells. Here disease leaves its 
marks upon us, troubles bow our shoulders and grey our hair, and 
labor leaves its marks upon us. There shall not be such where we 
shall dwell through eternity. This new house shall be eternal in the 
heavens. Can we all say that we are ready to receive this building? 
Now is the time to get ready for it. If we are not confident that we 
have lived such lives that God will be willing to give it to us, then we 
should use the few remaining days that are left us in such a manner 
that we are certain we shall receive this house eternal in the 
heavens. 

HOLDING CHRIST UP BEFORE THE WORLD 

It does not make alot of difference where we are born. How we 
improve our lives is what counts, when we come to the place of 
knowing right from wrong. 

Our dear soul was born in the city of Chicago, Illinois, near the 
Hasting Street Mission. It was run by volunteers from Bethany 
Bible School. 

One evening this girl and a girlfriend were crossing a street from 
one theater to another. Both of them belonged to the world and 
they loved to go to different theaters. But this time the Lord 
seemed to have a hand in this for their attention was attracted to a 
message given by some of the workers from Bethany Bible School. 

They both listened. A voice within caused the one girl, Clara, to 
stop. 

She was so deeply impressed she started to come regularly to 
the services at the Mission. She never missed a service. Soon the 
Lord touched her, her life was changed and she gave her heart to 
the Lord and was baptized. 

She was always true to the Lord, although she had lots to endure. 
She felt a call from the Lord to give up a good position and work for 
Him, depending wholly on Him for her support. Although it was a 
hard step for her to take she did it willingly. She often told her 



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friends how the Lord has so wonderfully fulfilled His promise and 
was supplying all her needs. She never wanted for anything. At 
this Mission she did a lot of work for the Lord and in this neighbor- 
hood, among the people she grew up with, she proclaimed the 
wonderful Christ to all her friends. She told them of the One who 
was willing to die on the cross to save her soul and everyone who 
came to Him. 

She led many to Christ in her short life. She loved each one of 
them and they loved her. As she worked among them she showed 
the Christ Life in her life. She worked till God called her Home in 
the summer of 1920, to serve Him in a larger Sphere. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

READY 

Webster dictionary tells us that "ready" means "prepared." 

My mind goes to summertime when my son wants me to play ball 
with him. We often hear, "Are you ready?" What happens when we 
are not ready? We usually get hit with the ball or else it goes 
somewhere else and we have to retrieve it. 

Thinking of the Spiritual side we need a READY MIND to hear 
what the preacher saith. Ecc. 5:1 says, "Keep thy foot when thou 
goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear..." We need a 
READY HEART to do every good work here on earth and to love 
our neighbor as ourself. We need to be READY TO DISTRIBUTE 
to those in need; for to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it 
not to him it is sin. 

Sarah was a pleasant teenage girl who loved the Lord and loved 
to take her Bible in her hand and find her place in God's house. 

One spring at Annual Meeting Sarah met some girls who wanted 
to be friends with her but were giddy and laughed at each person 
who passed making great fun. Sarah thought, "These girls are not 
considerate of others and one day maybe they will regret all of 
this." Sarah thought she'd take a stroll through the grove of trees 
to comfort herself in a quiet place. After twenty minutes had 
passed the church bell rang for services to begin in five minutes. 
Sarah found herself sitting all alone. Sarah wondered, "Well, where 
are all the other girls?" The songleader was on the third song when 
in walked a long row of girls. Where should they sit but right beside 
Sarah. The girls no sooner got seated until one was primping, 
another one laughing and another one talking. Sarah felt so out of 
place being on the same bench as they. "Would they be ready to 
give an account to man if they had to?", Sarah wondered. 

Sarah listened intently while the Elder preached a good chal- 
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Sarah and the group of girls were outdoors, Carla came to her and 
asked Sarah to go with them to pick up a pizza at the tavern 
uptown. Sarah thought this would be her chance to converse with 
Carla about the sermon they had just listened to. Sarah challenged 
Carla to stand for Christ and be a light to the world. With widened 
eyes Carla asked, 'Ms that what he talked about? I'll have to listen 
more closely next time." Carla too, had resolved to be a better 
witness to others. 

Time is too precious to waste in folly. We need to be ever ready 
for God may come when we think not. 

I came across this poem and I thought it was very fitting. May we 
apply it to our lives that we might be a better witness and be ready 
to stand for the Lord. 

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME 

Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house 
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house 

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care 
In hopes that Jesus would not come there. 

The children were dressing to crawl into bed, 

Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. 
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap 

Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. 

When out of the East there arose such a clatter, 

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. 
Away to the window I flew like a flash 

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! 

When what to my wondering eyes should appear 

But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here 
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray 

I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! 

The light of His face made me cover my head 

It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. 
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, 

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. 

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand, 

Was written the name of every saved man. 
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; 

When He said "It's not here" my head hung in shame. 

The people whose name had been written with love 

He gathered to take to His Father above. 
With those who were ready He rose without a sound 

While all the rest were left standing around. 



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I fell to my knees, but it was too late; 

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. 
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; 

Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. 

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; 

The coming of Jesus is drawing near. 
There's only one life and when comes the last call 

We'll find that the Bible was true after all! 

Sister Shirley Frick 

7208 Gettysburg-Webster Road 

Bradford, OH 45308 

THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

The Lord's Supper 

23 
JESUS had a table spread 

John 1328 And the disc 'P ,es there did eat, 

They partook of the LORD'S meal 
After they washed each other's feet. 
24 

John 13:4 JESUS arose FROM and not AFTER 

The SUPPER that was prepared that eve, 

John 1326 HE sajd ' The one to whom ' 9 ive th © sop 

Is the one that shall ME, deceive." 

25 
The SUPPER is real and is eaten 
With our SPIRITUAL eye looking ahead, 

Rev 19-9 To the time when the true CHURCH of JESUS 

To the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB is bid. 

26 
I John 13 How beautiful th e BIBLE portrays 

The need of the fellowship of the BRETHREN, 
I John 1 7 When we eat and commune together 

It gives us a foretaste of HEAVEN. 

27 
In the evening of the WORLD 
When JESUS comes to claim HIS BRIDE, 

Matt. 16:27 HE'LL gird HIMSELF and serve us 

We will be at HIS right side. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 



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THE ELECTION OF CHURCH OFFICERS 

Elders are the highest office in the church. Except for age and 
experience they are of equal rank. 

They are advanced from the ministry to the eldership in the local 
congregation where they hold their membership. The Elders of the 
District have the authority to ordain Elders. 

The request for eldership may come from the official body or 
from the District Elders Meeting. 

The ordination must have the approval of the membership of the 
local church council. A private vote is taken. A private vote is 
required. 

The minister with his wife is called to the front of the church. 
There they covenant to teach, enforce and practice the doctrines of 
the church and maintain the principles of the Gospel. They are 
ordained by the laying on of the hands of the committee of two 
elders who have come for that purpose and have been appointed 
by the District Elders. 

The duties of the Eldership: 

1. Preach the Gospel and live an obedient and holy life as an 
example to the church. 

2. Act as presiding elder at local council meetings. 

3. Constitute Standing Committees at our General Conference 
and have oversight of the Brotherhood at large. 

4. Ordain other elders. 

5. Anoint sick. 

6. Solemnize marriages. 

7. Officiate at Communions. 

8. Baptize. 

9. Enforce church rules. 

Ministers and Deacons are elected by the members of the church 
where they hold their membership. 

Usually a special council meeting is called. Each member goes 
privately before two Elders giving the name of their choice. If the 
name has the required number of votes for election, the man and 
his wife are called to the front of the church. 

The Elder asks each if they are willing to respect and enforce the 
doctrines and practices of the church. When they have agreed to 
do this, they are commanded to kneel in front of the elders. They 
are installed into office by the laying on of hands and prayer by 
both elders. 



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Duties of Ministers: 

1. Preach the Word. 

2. Baptize. 

3. Assist elders in anointing service. 

4. Solemnize marriages. 

5. Officiate at Communion. 

6. Hold church councils if necessary. 

7. Live an examplinary life before the world. 
Duties of Deacons: 

1. Attend to temporal and financial activites of the church. 

2. Serve at Communions. 

3. Visit the sick. 

4. Care for the poor. 

5. Investigate church troubles. 

6. Pay the church visit. 

7. In case of necessity, assist ministry, baptize, and aid in 
anointing. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 
Although we cannot list any visiting ministers, we can report that 
we enjoyed a Lovefeast service on November 14, 1987. Nearly all 
members were present and received a special blessing. Bro. Henry 
Walker officiated. 

On Sunday, Charles Good and Hazel Henderson of San Fran- 
cisco were baptized. We rejoice in their addition to our fellowship. 
May we all grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



•••••• 



Satan is compared to a raging lion, going about the world 
seeking whom he may devour. Again, he is likened unto a bird of 
prey. The raven croaks and flaps his wings above corruption, and 
riots in luxury on the carcases of the dead; so Satan feeds his 
infernal appetite upon the corrupt and sinful hearts of mankind. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

JANUARY 15, 1988 



VOL. LXVI 



NO. 2 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



A PRAYER FOR THE YEAR THAT IS NEAR 

Dear Master, for this coming year, 

Just one request I bring. 
I do not pray for happiness. 

Or any earthly thing; 
I do not ask to understand 

The way Thou leadest me; 
But this I ask — Teach me to do 

The thing that pleaseth Thee. 
I want to know Thy guiding voice, 

To walk with Thee each day. 
Dear Master, make me swift to hear 

And ready to obey; 
And thus the year I now begin 

A happy year will be, 
If I am seeking just to do 

The thing that pleaseth Thee. 

- Author Unknown 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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THE HOUSE BUILDER'S GLORY 

Many times we become discontented with the homes that we 
have. We wish they were larger or rearranged or in some way 
improved. We wish they could be like ones pictured in the 
magazines or ones that we have seen sometime. 

Men have built some beautiful and well-appointed homes. With 
fine furniture and lush landscaping, these houses become very 
desirable especially if we have a tinge of discontent concerning our 
present home. These modern houses seem like palaces to us. 
Castles of the past also cause us to marvel. These large buildings, 
often located in picturesque settings, cause us to be envious of 
those who live there. 

Houses, mansions, palaces and castles, all cause us to marvel at 
how well they are built, how spacious they are. We look at them 
and wish we could have a home so beautiful, spacious and 
well-appointed. 

In looking at such an attractive, desirable home we are prone to 
forget the men who made it possible. The idea for that house had 
to be conceived in someone's mind. It may not have been perfectly 
defined but a dream was necessary before anything was ac- 
complished. Someone had to draw up the plans. There were many 
details that had to be considered when those plans were made. 
Then someone tried to arrange the furniture and devise the color 
scheme. Someone had to do the landscaping. Whether one 
person or many, whether a large or a small house, there had to be 
someone who was behind that building. The man who designed 
and built the house is worthy of more honor than the house itself. 
The house could not be if it weren't for some person's dream, plan 

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and work. 

This intelligence behind the building of a house is an illustration 
of the Great Masterbuilder of all creation. Just as the house must 
be planned and built so our world and all within it had to be created 
by One greater than this creation. The world could not create itself 
but had to have a beginning. There had to be a masterplan for 
everything to function as it does in an interdependent way. The 
masterplan means that all had to be according to the Master's plan. 
God is worthy of more glory than His creation. He created all in a 
wonderful way. Chance could never have brought all together so it 
would properly function. Chance could never have compounded 
the air we breathe. The components of our air had to be combined 
in a particular proportion to be properly utilized. 

God could have created His whole creation instantly but He 
didn't. By using six days, He gave man a lesson regarding laboring. 
As God used six days to do His work, so man is given six days in 
which he should labor. God rested on the seventh day so man is 
taught to set aside one day to rest and worship. Also by using six 
days to bring His whole creation into being God was teaching man 
the need for patience. Man should not expect great things to 
happen instantly. 

We notice in God's creation a progression. The earth had to be 
formed before plants could root and grow. The seas had to be 
formed before the fish and whales had a place to live. The grass 
was made before the cattle so there would be feed for the animals. 
The trees and herbs were planted first so man would have food. The 
animals were created to provide food and strength for man's use. 

The last of God's creation was His highest creation — man. Man 
was not created as one of the animals. Not one of the animals was 
formed in the image of God but man was. This significant 
distinction separates man from the animals. 

Just as God is triune so man was created body, soul and Spirit. 
Man was given an eternal soul. Animals live, pass their time here 
and die and their bodies go back to the earth. Man's soul is forever 
alive either in the bliss and beauty of Heaven or in the horrors of 
Hell. 

The wise Masterbuilder has created this world and all in it 
including man. His plan is evident in the interdependency of the 
various elements of this earth. 

There are many natural wonders in this world. But the One who 
made the whole earth is worthy of more honor than these great 
sights. His greatest creation was man who was made in His image. 
But as great as man's deeds are, God is worthy of more honor. 

When you look at the world about you do you see God's glory? 
When you see your fellowmen, do you see God's glory? The 



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builder is worthy of more honor than the house. God is worthy of 
more honor than this world. God is worthy of more honor than 
man. 
Honor Him! 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

DECISIONS.... 

Mount Nebo was in sight of the Israelites. They had wandered 
through the desert for forty years. God instructed Moses to go up 
on the mountain and view the land that was to be given to the 
people. (Numb. 27:12) This mountain is over 2600 feet above sea 
level and allows a panoramic view of the Promised Land. Of course 
it could not be reached except the Jordan River be crossed. This 
land was where Jesus was to spend His earthly sojourn. Here He 
would announce that the Kingdom of God was at hand, would work 
miracles, heal the sick, teach and lay down the conditions for 
becoming His follower. Here He would show His power over death 
and the grave. As we would stand on this mountain, all of these 
thoughts might flash through our mind. A decision to cross over 
into this land can be made or we can stay back in the wilderness 
outside of the promised land. We are dared to love as Christ loved, 
to live as He lived. The decision is ours. Will we become a 
disciple? Will we follow Jesus? 

Possibly we would remain at home until our father had died. We 
might need to stay home and plow the field. We cannot enter the 
land we view unless we are willing to cross over the symbolic river 
and make a firm commitment not to turn back or to quit. The giants 
of opposition will need to be conquered. 

Family ties may have to be severed in order to dedicate ourselves 
totally to the call of discipleship. The cost may initially seem high. 
However, as we would consider the privilege and reward involved, 
we begin to realize that our cost is very small. Jesus paid it all! His 
atoning blood was shed for us. 

When we choose the walk with Jesus, it will be because of love. 
To choose to cross the Jordan and follow Jesus requires great love 
and only by loving will the cost to us seem small. As we live on in 
His love, we will strive to fulfill all that He asks of us. We will 
purpose in our heart to put on His image. 

To accept the challenge... to make the decision to commitment... 
we must accept the invitation and figuratively cross the Jordan. 

You will remember that before the Israelites crossed into the 
Promised Land, God gave them specific instructions on how to 
proceed. God wanted His people to know who was guiding and 



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directing them. He wanted the people to feel their dependency and 
inadequacy... to recognize His perfect leadership. 

We need to make a decision to detach ourselves from persons, 
places and things that will prevent us from giving ourselves 
unconditionally to the Lord. We must begin to understand that we 
can never do too much in our service. We must also learn to look at 
ourselves through Jesus' eyes and not in the eyes of comparing 
ourselves to others and feeling sorry that we are doing more than 
they. 

We must die to self and give more and more to the Lord so that 
He may fill us fully with Himself. 

Our self-centeredness, our self-will and our attachments must be 
put aside as we cross the Jordan by choosing to become a 
committed disciple. We must allow ourselves to be pruned by 
Jesus so that we might bear even more fruit for Him. 

You are now making decisions about where you will allow the 
Spirit to lead you. You will decide either to observe His statutes, 
commandments and decrees or to harken to the voice of the world. 
If you cross the Jordan into deeper commitment you will be His 
friend. And no greater companion and friend can you have than 
Jesus. He will be with you always, even unto the end of the world 
(Matt. 28:20) 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1928 

THREE THINGS MOST NEEDED IN THE CHURCH 

D. W. Hostetler 

One thing the church needs most is a ministry to preach the 
whole gospel. It is up to the church to see that her ministers preach 
the Gospel. She cannot afford to tolerate one minister that 
preaches unsound doctrines, for it is the mission of the church to 
carry the message of life to the lost. Paul says, (, l am not ashamed 
of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation." In 
other words, the gospel of Christ is the means of salvation. In 
I Timothy 3:15, it is said that the church of the living God is the 
pillar and ground of the truth. If she has the truth or is the 
repository of the oracles of God, it logically follows that she has 
been entrusted with the truth and is responsible to God for the 
disposition she makes of the truth. 

When we read Matthew 16:19 and 18:18, and Acts 1:23-24, we see 
that Christ gave the church authority to call men to the ministry. It 



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is clear to me that the method the church had years ago was in 
harmony with scriptural teaching. At any rate, by this rule the 
church was very successful in getting the right kind of men into the 
ministry. It is true that when God wanted men to give His message 
to the people He usually called men from the common walks of life. 
Elijah was a man of the desert; Elisha was a man from behind the 
plow; Amos and Hosea were shepherds; Micah belonged to the 
country; He was a native of a village among the low hills between 
the highlands of Judah and the Philistine plain. 

Jesus called men off the sea. He called Matthew from the duty of 
collecting taxes, and Paul from persecuting the church. He gave 
these men authority to go out and preach the gospel of the 
Kingdom. 

The real purpose of the ministry is stated by Paul: How shall they 
call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they 
believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they 
hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they 
be sent? 

The world does not call on Christ because it is in unbelief; part of 
this unbelief is due to the fact that they have never heard of Christ 
and part of it is downright infidelity. And how shall they preach 
except they be sent? I think it is God through the churches who 
should do the sending. Paul says that the feet of them that preach 
the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things are 
beautiful. The message of the angels to the shepherds was a 
message of good tidings. 

Again we read, Be instant in season, out of season, reprove, 
rebuke. How much reproving is done in the church today? The 
words of the brother who said in a recent issue of the Monitor that 
we are going a bit too fast are still fresh on our hearts. At the 
Lincoln Conference an elder said to me that the time was here 
when we had to begin to pull the brakes. I replied, "But where is 
the man who has the moral courage to stand up and pull?" 

To be instant in season and out of season is to preach the Gospel 
when conditions are favorable and when they are unfavorable. 
When a preacher goes to church on Sunday morning and the 
house is just warm enough, the singing is good, and the audience 
splendid, it is an easy matter to preach the gospel. But when he is 
driven out of the church house into a private home, a school house, 
barn, or grove, with all sorts of false reports going, the apostle still 
bids us preach the gospel. 

Paul also says, Woe is me if I preach not the gospel, and if an 
angel preaches any other gospel than that we have preached, let 
him be acursed. These words make us think on the responsibility 
of the ministry. I once heard L. W. Teeter say that the ministry was 



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responsible, first to God, second to the Holy Spirit, and third to the 
church, for it is God through the Holy Spirit that influenced the 
church to call a man to the ministry. The enormity of the minister's 
responsibility is easily seen. If the ministry in the recent past had 
felt their responsibility as they should, I am sure that the in- 
novations that came into the church would not have come. The 
coming of these innovations is largely due to the hireling pastor. 
When the salary becomes the big end of the proposition, the 
primary purpose of the ministry is lost sight of. I chanced to be 
present at a meeting recently when a church was considering two 
ministers, one of whom was to become their pastor. A letter from 
each minister was read and it was easily seen that they were trying 
to get all they could, while the church, in turn was trying to hire a 
man as cheaply as she could. The financial part was the whole of 
the discussion. If this is not commercializing the ministry, I do not 
know how it could be done. 

I am not saying that the ministry should not receive due con- 
sideration concerning financial aid, but to make the filthy lucre the 
chief consideration is not in harmony with New Testament 
teachings. 

The first mission of the church is preaching the Gospel, and she 
elects preachers and sends them to preach. "Go ye" comes to us 
with the same force and meaning and binding power that it did to 
the early church, and the preacher that has a broad vision of his 
calling will look over the dollar sign, will feel the weight of a soul, 
and have a vision of God's grace. He will then bring the message of 
life, regardless of the dollar. 

We need not only a ministry to preach the gospel, but we also 
have a church that will live the whole gospel. To live the whole 
gospel is just as important as preaching it. So speak and so do, 
preach the gospel and let the church live it. The thing that counts 
for most in a community is the church that lives. New Testament 
teaching. We owe it to our God, to the church, each other, and to 
the community. I heard someone say, "Well, the preacher 
preached a good gospel sermon last Sunday, but I don't believe we 
need to be so exact or precise." He talked as if he believed about 
half of what the preacher said and he lives about half of what he 
believes. This attitude accounts for much of the disobedience of 
the past. 

In the third place, we need united effort. We need every member 
in his place and doing his very best. The Book would have us strive 
together, walk by the same rule, and mind the same thing. A 
kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The burden of 
Christ's prayer was that the apostles might be united. The thing 
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things common and that they continued stedfast in the apostles' 
doctrine and prayer. 

REST 

The word "rest" appears many times in God's Word. As we grow 
older in this life we feel the need of more rest. I believe the psalmist 
David felt he needed rest when he said, "Oh, that I had wings like a 
dove for then would I fly away and be at rest." He was looking 
forward to a place of undisturbed rest. 

Here in this world people are often disturbed from rest. The 
wicked and evil ways of life are the cause of many to be disturbed 
from needed rest. Those who take the evil ways of life often 
destroy their peace and rest and also the rest of others. 

God did rest the seventh day after six days of work. Jesus said, 
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls." 
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Jesus 
said to the twelve apostles, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert 
place, and rest a while:". 

We need rest for the physical body's good. In the day in which we 
live we notice many people are indulging in sin to the extent it 
appears they are depriving themselves of much needed rest. We 
know of some who through their sins have destroyed the night's 
rest of others. Some day they will reap what they have sown. 

In Jeremiah the Lord said, "Stand ye in the ways, and see, and 
ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and 
ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk 
therein." We should be temperate in all our activities of life. To 
have real rest we must have peace. Strife destroys rest. Peace 
promotes rest. If we look into the record of Christ's life we see a 
Man, without sin, who was often disturbed from His earthly rest. 
Today we see many who will not accept the good old paths that 
lead to peace and rest. 

As we consider the life of the Apostle Paul and many other great 
Christian leaders, their earthly lives were often disturbed from rest 
and great suffering was their experience. I believe Christ, the 
apostles and other faithful servants of God felt the needed rest 
when they were punished for their services to the Lord. "Blessed 
are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is 
"he kingdom of heaven." A permanent and eternal rest awaits the 
\ ighteous when this life is over. 

Most of our faithful foreparents labored hard to make a liveli- 
hood. They did not have the things we have today that makes life 



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easier and comfortable like we have. These words were placed on 
tombstones of memorial years ago, "Gone Home to rest". I believe 
many faithful ones experienced hard labor and trouble. When they 
felt they needed rest they also looked forward to the permanent 
rest in the Eternal City of God. "...Blessed are the dead which lie in 
the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest 
from their labours; and their works do follow them." 

We owe a life of faithful services to the Lord. "Work for the night 
is coming." We are to work with a will in the strength of youth and 
loyally stand for the kingdom of truth. We owe a life of faithful 
services to the Lord to be qualified for the Eternal Home of peace 
and rest. 

In the Christian's home in Glory 

There remains a land of rest 

There my Saviour's gone before me, 

To fulfill my soul's request. 

There is rest for the weary 

There is rest for the weary 

There is rest for the weary 

There is rest for you. 

On the other side of Jordan, 

In the sweet fields of Eden, 

Where the tree of life is blooming, 

There is rest for you. 

**••••••••*••••••••* 

In the rifted rock I am resting, 

Safely sheltered I abide; 

There no foes nor storms molest me, 

While within the cleft I hide. 

Now I'm resting, sweetly resting, 

In the cleft once made for me 

Jesus, blessed Rock of Ages, 

I will hide myself in Thee. 

•••*•••••••••••••••• 

To the promised home in glory, 
To that land of blissful rest, 
My Redeemer's gone before me 
To prepare a mansion blest. 
Yes, there is rest over Jordan's waters, 
Rest for such as from sin are free; 
Rest for all who come to Jesus, 
Rest for you and me. 



Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 



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THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

COMMUNION 

28 
JESUS taught the disciples the need 
ir 11 oa 9* 0f CHRISTIAN fellowship and UNION, 

i uor. n.^4-^D .. |n the very | ast wee k of HIS life 

He established the HOLY COMMUNION. 

29 
True believers of CHRIST will COMMUNE 
It consists of the BREAD and the CUP, 

I Cor. 11:24 The BREAD represents HIS broken body 

I Cor. 1 1 :25 The cup represents HIS shed blood. 

30 
JESUS took bread and HE blessed it 
He break it and gave to them each, 

I Cor. 1 1 :24 HE said, "Eat, this is MY broken body 

This do in remembrance of ME." 

31 
After the same manner HE took the cup 
"This cup is emblematic of MY blood, 
I Cor. 1 1 :25 .... This do, and as oft as ye drink it 

You are keeping it in remembrance of me." 

32 

If we neglect to partake of COMMUNION 
. h R co And drink not of HIS BLOOD or eat BREAD, 

Jonn bbJ JESUS says, "You have no life in you" 

And as result, you are SPIRITUALLY dead. 

33 

But, in JESUS' own words HE said 
John 6:58 "Who eateth this bread shall not die, 

And whosoever drinketh MY blood 
John 6:56 We will dwell together on high." 

34 
We DUNKARDS obey the COMMANDMENTS 
. - . K9 It's our part in working out GOD'S plan, 

1 Jonn D ^ HE lays the rules down as HE knows 

What's required for the SALVATION of man. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 



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GOD'S WISH FOR YOU 

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be 
in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Ill John 2. 

Jesus wants every soul to have a better life. Remember He called 
you "Beloved." This is only said to someone who is very special or 
dear, one who you love with all your heart, someone you like to 
associate with, whose interest you hold very high. This show me, 
God is greatly concerned about us. So many times we are 
burdened with cares of this life, but His wish is for us to let Him 
help us overcome our daily struggles. Let us each one put our trust 
in Him and He will help us. 

I was told that a woman was seen crying at a bus stop as she was 
waiting for a bus. A minister was standing near by. He asked her, 
"Is there something wrong? Can I help?" She replied, "Oh, I was 
just standing her waiting on my bus and thinking of my problems. 
I've got to go home, cook supper for my family and after that do my 
washing. In the morning I have to arise early enough to cook 
breakfast, then do the ironing, then rush to the bus to get to my job. 
It's the same every day. I was just wondering how long I could take 
this, and what is going to happen to my family." 

This minister spoke to her about Jesus who hears and under- 
stands and can change all this. This lady was so surprised, she 
never thought to ask help of this Man of Galilee. She was trying to 
carry this heavy load by herself. If only she were a child of God I 
am sure her burdens would have been lighter. The blessed Lord 
will help us, He has promised to care for His own. The Bible says, 
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be 
in health, even as thy soul prospereth." I believe the person who 
understands God and gives Him his best, will be rewarded many 
times. So often we fail to ask for His help. James says in James 
4:2, "... ye have not, because ye ask not." Why do we not ask God 
for the things we need? It is easy for people to go to different 
agencies and ask for help. Why don't they go to the giver of every 
perfect gift? 

Let us look at the parable of the prodigal son. The older son was 
angry with his father because he was so generous with the prodigal 
son who returned home. Father said to the son, "... thou art ever 
with me, and all that I have is thine." Luke 15:31. All we have to do 
is ask in faith and He will supply. Every good and perfect gift is 
from above. (James 1:17) If he is first in your life, and you have 
given Him yourself, then all your needs will be supplied. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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BLESSED BE GOD 

II Corintians 1:3, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort." 

We are very concerned about a seemingly growing trend within 
the earthly church to rob God of His glory and majesty. In the book 
of Job one of his "comforters", though unjustly accusing Job, 
speaks great words of wisdom. In Job 11:7 to 9 we find Zopharthe 
Naamathite saying, "Canst thou by searching find out God? canst 
thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; 
what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The 
measure thereof is longer than the earth and broader than the sea." 
_ The prophet Ezekiel was given a glimpse of the glory of God. In 
Ezekiel 1:26-28 we read, "And above the firmament that was over 
their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a 
sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the 
likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as 
the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, 
from the appearance of his loins, even downward, I saw as it were 
the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the 
appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was 
the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the 
appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I 
saw it, I fell upon my face,..." Oh that those within the earthly 
church would be willing to be like Ezekiel and fall upon their face at 
the glory and majesty of our God! 

The writer of Psalms 148 expresses our feelings at this point. 
"Praise ye the Lord, Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise 
him in the heights. Praise ye him, all ye angels: praise ye him, all 
his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of 
light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters, that be 
above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he 
commanded, and they were created." It is time that we go beyond 
the emotional type of praise to our God and recognize who He 
really is! He is that great God who created the earth in six literal 
days and rested on the seventh. He could have created the earth in 
less than six literal seconds. But God does everything for a 
purpose. We go back to the wisdom of Zophar, "Canst thou by 
searching find out God?" While the efforts of archaeologists have 
substantiated the claims of Holy Scripture, in contrast to proving 
them wrong, the "wisdom" of men still clings to the error of evolution. 
We should expect this from those who are blinded by the darkness 
of sin but are greatly disturbed by those who follow this error who 
claim to be living in the light of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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opening verse. Here is one of the greatest mysteries of all the ages 
and yet the greatest truth that has ever been revealed to mankind 
Although Paul does not go into detail in this portion of scripture 
we turn to a familiar verse to establish the great mystery behind this 
revelation. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word 
was with God, and the Word was God." Who can fully explain how 
God can be the Father of God? Yet John 1:1 is clearly shown to 
refer to our Lord Jesus Christ. We must go beyond God the 
Creator, as important as this is, to God the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. We do not have to wait until Christmas to proclaim the 
importance of the virgin birth! After we establish the entrance of 
Jesus Christ into the world as born of a woman we can return to 
creation to show that He is God. Colossians 1:16, "For by him 
(Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that 
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or 
dominions, or principalities or powers: all things were created by 
him, and for him:" Blessed be God the Father and God the Son! 

Paul goes on to say He is the Father of mercies. Oh what a 
merciful God we serve. The writer of Psalms 136 states over and 
over again, "for his mercy endureth forever." If we had to depend 
only on God's righteousness we would all end up in the pit of Hell 
But God is merciful towards those who are truly repentant and 
strive to live a holy life. As the song writer so well expressed it, 

Mercy there was great and grace was free; 

Pardon there was multiplied to me; 

There my burdened soul found liberty, 

At Calvary. 

Paul ends by telling us that He is the God of all comfort. Perhaps 
this explains Jesus' words in John 14:16, "And I will pray the 
Father, and he shall give you ANOTHER Comforter, that he may 
abide with you for ever." Here again we enter into the mystery of 
the Holy Trinity. God, the Holy Spirit, is sent as another Comforter 
This does not mean that God the Father ceases to exist or act in the 
lives of man. Once again we return to the wisdom of Zophar "What 
canst thou know?" It is time we quit trying to EXPLAIN God and 
start WORSHIPPING Him. We gladly accept the comfort that God 
provides for us. This is a lesson within itself that we have 
previously written on and may very well again. But may God never 
allow us to be comfortable in taking away His glory and majesty! 

In the verse previous to our opening verse Paul calls God "our 
Father." He is, of course, speaking to the Saints at Corinth. If you 
desire God to be your Father you must accept salvation through 
the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Then your home will be in Heaven 
with Him, if you continue in the faith. Let us all truly say "Biessed 



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be God" by our actions as well as by our words. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Sealed With the Holy Spirit 
J. H. Moore 

Every child of God, on being born into the kingdom, and adopted 
into the family of God on earth, is "sealed with the Holy Spirit of 
promise" (Eph. 1:13). Read this verse carefully: "In whom ye also 
trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your 
salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with 
the Holy Spirit of promise." Here we have trusting, hearing the 
Word, and believing, followed by the sealing with the Spirit. The 
term, "after that ye believed," includes the duties for which saving 
faith calls. 

A little farther on, in the same epistle, Paul refers to this sealing 
the second time, saying: "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, 
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." (Eph. 4:30) 
From these two citations, studied in connection with the subjects, 
so far treated, we learn that every true, penitent believer, who puts 
on Christ Jesus in baptism, and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, 
is by that same Spirit sealed. That is, the seal of God, through the 
Spirit, is placed on every man and every woman born from above. 
God knows his spiritual children; they have the divine seal, and, 
remaining loyal to that seal, no one shall ever be able to pluck them 
out of the Father's hands. 

It is a mistake to regard baptism as the seal of the kingdom. It is 
never so designated in the New Testament. It is a visible part of the 
initiatory rite into the kingdom, being the visible part of the new 
birth, but it is not a seal. Man may administer baptism, but he is 
never permitted to handle the seal. God through the Spirit, does 
the sealing, and he never makes a mistake. If all those who enter 
the church could be led to realize what it means to be a sealed child 
of God, — sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption, 
we would have a different church from what we now have. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation appreciated Evangelist Brother 
and Sister Paul Hartz of Palmyra, Pennsylvania coming into our 
community and laboring with us in revival, August 14 through 23, 
He preached eleven spiritual, uplifting sermons. Our annual 
Lovefeast service was observed Saturday evening, August 22, and 
our fellowship lunch was on Sunday after church. 

One young sister was received into fellowship by Christian 
baptism on Saturday afternoon. 

We appreciated all visitors both those affiliated with our denomi- 
nation, and also those that were not and we wish to thank all for 
coming and encouraging us as we are few in numbers. We solicit 
your prayers. 

Sister Jennifer Snyder, Cor. 



THANK YOU 

I wish to thank each of you for remembering me with cards and 
gifts. May God bless each of you for the same. 

Yours in Christian Love, 
D. Paul Reed 



SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
We enjoyed another lovefeast in November with a very pleasant 
Fall day. It was a day of fellowship and of keeping God's 
ordinances. We thank all who came to share, especially the visiting 
ministers, Brethren: Frank Shaffer, Virgil Leatherman, Paul Hartz, 
Rudy Shaffer, Kenneth Wilkerson, and Paul Stump, who officiated 
in the evening. 

In August we had the privilege of enjoying another Revival 
Meeting. Our evangelist, Bro. Jan Heisey, gave us many inspiring 
and challenging messages from God's Word. We were happy Bro. 
Jan and Sis. Freda could be with us for the two weeks. May God 
bless them and their family as they labor for the Lord. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

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Guilty persons are always suspicious. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 1988 

February 7 - Noah and the Ark - Genesis 6:9-22, 7:1-6. 

1. Why did God send the flood? v. 12 

2. What "Ark" has God provided for us? 

February 14 - The Flood - Genesis 7:6-24, 8:1-19. 

1. How was the earth flooded? Gen. 7:11. 

2. How deep was the water? v. 20. 

February 21 - The Rainbow - Genesis 8:20-22, 9:1-17. 

1. What promise is given in verse 22? 

2. Does verse 6 still apply today? 

February 28 - Noah's Prophecy; Descendants of Noah - Genesis 
9:18-28, 10:1-32. 

1. Compare the effect of alcohol then and now. 

2. What group of people did Shem become the ancestor of? 
Ham? Japeth? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR FEBRUARY 1988 

February 7 - The Two Ways - Matt. 7:13-21, I John 4:4-6. 

1. Is popularity a sign of God's approval? 

2. Can we be deceived? Prov. 14:12. 

February 14 - Spiritual Plants - Matt. 15:13-20, John 15:2-6. 

1 . How do we abide in the Vine? 

2. Where should we be planted? Psalms 92:13. 

February 21 - Feeding Four Thousand - Matt. 15:30-39, Mark 8:1-9. 

1 . How many "loaves" do we have to share? 

2. Have we given Jesus our "loaves"? 

February 28 - Kindness - Romans 12:9-10, I Cor. 13:4, Eph. 4:31-32, 
Col. 3:12-17. 

1. How does Christ view our deeds? Matt. 25:40. 

2. How does kindness effect our witness? 



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VOL. LXVI FEBRUARY 1, 1988 NO. 3 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT 

If we live and walk in the Spirit, 

We'll sow seeds of righteousness 
That will bear fruits everlasting 

That only our Lord can bless. 

We'll want to sow the best of seeds 

Such as love, and joy, and peace, 
While long and patient endurance 

Of offence is one of these. 

We'll be gentle, and good, and kind, 

And in meekness use moderation. 
These seeds sown while here on earth 

Can bring us our salvation. 

We'll have laid up many treasures 

For our glorious home up above. 
Our hopes will then be.fulfilled 

Through our faith, and truth, and love. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 



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ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH 

There have been many train wrecks and derailments because 
someone had been asleep at the switch. The switching device in 
the early days of railroading was dependent upon men who would 
physically turn it the direction the train was to go. Today the 
switch can be changed by remote control. In either case men are 
responsible for the switch being turned the correct way. If the 
switch is turned the wrong way the oncoming train may be turned 
into a track where there is a parked train or where the track is torn 
up. In either case there may well be disaster ahead because 
someone did not change the switch correctly. The one who was 
responsible for the correct operation of the switch may have been 
physically or at least mentally asleep. 

Sleep is needful and good at its proper time but it can be 
dangerous when wakefulness is required. The one in a position of 
responsibility dare not be asleep while on duty. While he may not 
face physical danger if he falls asleep, yet his sleepiness may 
endanger many others. 

The switch allows the train to go either of two ways. By being 
switched from one track to another the train can be put on a siding, 
can be directed to the place where it will be loaded or unloaded or 
it can be sent to a destination which is in a different direction than 
the main track goes. 

In Spiritual things the Church acts as a switch. By proclamation 
of the Gospel, she can switch lives that are headed for ruin unto the 
track that heads for Glory. The people of the world are going along 
the main track that is headed for Spiritual destruction. Unless the 
switch is thrown and their course is diverted they will end up being 



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eternally separated from God. 

The Church's responsibility is to provide the opportunity that 
souls might be switched from the destructive main track that is the 
broad and easy way of the world. The Church must be alert to its 
duty. It dare not be asleep at the switch. 

The Church must be careful how the switch is set. The railroad 
engineer looks for the lights that will tell him which direction the 
switch is set. The Church must give a clear notice of its doctrine 
and manner of life. If the teachings of the Church and its morals 
and daily living are hidden, those rushing to destruction on the 
main track will be unabre to see the switch needed in their lives. In 
the darkness of the world a clear light is needed to set off that 
darkness and to show the right way. If the witness of the Church is 
marred that light will be dimmed or even non-existent. 

The Church unconcerned about her duty to the lost is asleep at 
the switch. Being asleep, the switch will be turned in the wrong 
direction and the lost will continue towards destruction. If the 
Church provides no clear cut doctrine those on the main track will 
be unable to see the necessary changes needed in their lives. If the 
Church provides a false doctrine she will lead them astray and they 
will be just as lost as if there had never been a switch. 

The switch puts the train on a different track. The Church must 
guide her members into a different style of living. While Satan 
would probably wish that no switch were available yet he many 
times uses the switch set wrong to derail those who have some 
desire to change their lives for the better. He would rather use 
misdirection to ruin people than to have them escape from him. 

The Church is composed of all the members under the Headship 
of Christ. The Church can only do what her members do. Each 
individual is responsible for setting the switch. Each individual is 
responsible for the Church's light being clear and bright. Each 
individual is responsible that his living is in line with the direction of 
the Church, so a consistent light is set before the world. If there is 
no difference between the lives of the members and the world, how 
will those of the world know where to turn off? The life of each 
member must show a vital piety or there will be nothing to draw the 
destruction-bound traveler from his doomed journey. 

Each one has a responsibility to point out the switch that must be 
made by those passing by. But that switch can be obscured if 
either the teaching or living of the Church is not clear and bright. 
The light of the Church is as dim or bright as the light of her 
members. If the Church's members are not awake many will be 
lost. 

Are you awake or asleep at the switch? 



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OBITUARY 

RONALD LAYTON HANDSAKER 

Brother Ronald Layton Handsaker was born in Fargo, North 
Dakota on August 3, 1914. Ronald, the adopted son of J. Guy and 
Innie Handsaker, was raised on the "Home Place" farm just outside 
of Nevada, Iowa. The farm location gave him opportunity to meet 
Mildred Arietta Hankins of Fernald, Iowa and on September 29, 
1935 they were united in marriage. To this union two sons were 
brought forth, Richard Layton and Billy Joe. 

Ronald lived on the "North Place" farm for several years until 
moving to Colo, Iowa for three years, then on to Dallas Center for 
two years and finally to Woodward, Iowa for ten years, where he 
was engaged in the gasoline farm delivery service with Appenzeller 
Oil Company. Following the death of his wife, Mildred on April 13, 
1980, Ronald and Sister Sadie Hoffiditz were married on August 1, 
1981 and resided at 707 Northview Drive in Dallas Center, Iowa 
until his death on October 20, 1987. 

For the past several years, Ronald and Sadie spent their time in 
Mercedes, Texas during the winter months and the summer 
months were spent in Dallas Center caring for his beloved flowers 
and gardens. 

Ronald is survived by his wife, Sadie of Dallas Center; two sons: 
Richard of Richmond, Texas, and Billy Joe of Des Moines, Iowa, 
nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Ronald was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church in Dallas 
Center, Iowa. He felt very strongly about God and believed in the 
Lord Jesus Christ and practiced His Word every day. It was his 
hope his children and their children would follow through with his 
wishes and they too share in God's joy and forgiveness of sins. 

Funeral services were held October 23, 1987 at the Dallas Center 
Dunkard Brethren Church conducted by Brother James Meyers 
and Pastor Harold E. Smith of the Church of the Brethren. Inter- 
ment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Nevada, Iowa. 

NEWS ITEMS 

TRUSTEE BOARD FUNDS NEARLY DEPLETED 

An encouragement to Benevolence; — Jesus said it is more 
blessed to give than to receive. The Psalmist speaks of those that 
fear the Lord, that delight greatly in his commandments: "He hath 
dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth 
forever." Ps. 112. Paul commends the Corinthians for their 



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generosity and sets forth proper rules for giving, II Cor. 9:6-15; and 
concludes, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 

We are taking this means of informing you of the monetary needs 
of the Church. The Publication Board is needing approximately 
$15,000 for printing another supply of Hymnals; the Mission Board 
has needed to draw about $1,500 a month from the Trustee Board; 
and our 1988 General Conference Expense needs of maybe 
$20,000 to $25,000 is fast approaching. Our present available Bank 
Balance is about $7,000. The few that have been informed of the 
need have responded commendably and we trust the Lord that all 
who can will again rise to the need as you did last year. "And now 
abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is 
charity." I Cor. 13:13. 

Elder Ray R. Reed, Secretary 



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An old writer says, "Suppose a little bird is set to remove this 
globe by taking from it one grain of sand at a time, and to come 
only once in a thousand years. She takes her first grain, and away 
she flies on her long and weary course. When a thousand years 
have rolled away, she comes panting back for one more grain of 
sand; and this globe is again lessened by just one grain of its all but 
countless sands. So the work goes on. The little bird will one day 
have finished her task, and the last sand will have been taken away; 
but even then Eternity will have only begun. Its sands are never to 
be exhausted." 



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A traveler once asserted to a Syrian shepherd that the sheep 
knew the dress of their master, not his voice. The shepherd, on the 
other hand, maintained it was the voice they knew. To settle the 
dispute, he and the traveler exchanged dresses, and went among 
the sheep. The traveler in the shepherd's dress called on the sheep 
and tried to lead them, but "they knew not his voice," and never 
moved. On the other hand, they ran at once at the call of their 
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Falls, MD 
First Sun. Oct. - Walnut Grove, MD 
Third Sat. Oct. - Dayton, VA 
Third Sun. Oct. - Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sat. Oct. - Englewood, OH 
Last Sun. Oct. - Bethel, PA 
First Sat. Nov. - Newberg, OR 
First Sun. Nov. - Shrewsbury, PA 
Second Sat. Nov. - Pleasant Home, CA 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 

AUNGST, DAVID (M) 
R. 3 Box 427 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 
717-345-6588 

BROADWATER, CARL (E) 
R 10 Box459N 
York, Pennsylvania 17404 
717-792-1803 

BROSS, SCOTT (M) 
R. 1 Box 206C 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 
717-933-4662 

BYFIELD, PAUL (E) 
R. 7 Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (E) 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
R. 2 Box 166 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3965 

COOK, MILTON (M) 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, California 92223 
714-845-6231 

COVER, RUDOLPH (E) 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95354 
209-521-5074 

EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 

EBLING, DAVID (E) 
R. 1 Box 300A 

Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506 
215-488-7185 



BIBLE MONITOR 



FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R. 3 Box 12 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
27505 Flory Road R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

GUNDERMAN, TERRY (M) 
22358 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-875-7155 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 
Box 131, Antioch Route 
New Creek, W. Virginia 26743 
304-749-7518 

HARTZ, PAUL A., Jr. (M) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 

HEISEY, JAN (M) 
141 Nottingham Rd. 
Nottingham, Pennsylvania 19362 
717-529-6413 

HEISEY, WILLIAM (E) 
9956 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
513-448-2560 

JAMISON, DALEE. (E) 
R. 1 Box 137 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 
R. 1 Box 136 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3639 

JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
R. 3 Box 24-D 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3686 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-0251 



KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R. 3, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703-434-7824 

KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1 Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
717-933-4665 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (E) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2668 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) 
R. 1 Box 21 

Clearville, PA 15535-9710 
814-784-3488 

MARKS, RONALD L. (M) 
R. 3 Box 123 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244-1314 

MEYERS, JAMES (M) 
R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3947 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
2845Stoney Point Road 
East Berlin, Pennsylvania 17316 
717-259-0660 

MYERS, PAULR. (E) 
Manor Care Nursing Home 
5005 Higbee Avenue N.W. 
Canton, Ohio 44718 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 



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PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 13 Box 10 

Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 

PIFER, FRED (E) 
R. 3, Box 184 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 1 Box 333 
Pilot, Virginia 24138 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 



REED, RAYR 
Box 12 

Dallas Center 
515-992-3031 



(E) 



Iowa 50063 



REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
23453 C.R. 42 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-831-2646 

RICE, JOSHUA (E) 
10213 Bethel Road 
Frederick, Maryland 21701 
301-898-9741 

RUSH, HARLEY(E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
1428 Cooper 
Turlock, California 95380 
209-632-2701 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 

SHAFFER, RUDY{M) 
71 BombergerRd. 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-627-3551 



SHELLY, EMMERT, O., Jr. (E) 
485 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L A. (E) 
R. 5 Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703-967-1 993 

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 
R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
505-731-2292 

SKILES, ORA(E) 
3623Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-545-0551 

SMITH, BERTON (M) 
R. 2 Box145D 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 
219-593-2760 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4521 

ST. JOHN, DENNIS (M) 
21397-B50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

STUMP, PAUL (E) 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
513-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (M) 
R. 3 Box 94-1 A 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244-7445 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-825-2277 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L. (M) 
R. 1 Box 11 

Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 
703-828-6858 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 
209-874-2832 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 
33720 Road 26 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4511 

WERTZ, LEONARD D. (M) 
Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-2390 

WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 Box 2664 

Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 
717-933-4765 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 Box 112 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 
717-345-8107 

WRAY, MICHAEL (M) 
31111 Combs Ave. 
Escaton, California 95320 
20Q-838-2760 



DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Stephen 
Brooks, Marion 
Burgess, Wayne 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 
Eberly, James 
Eberly, Marvin 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gunderman, Mike 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 



Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Johnson, Frederick 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kline, Floyd 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Lehigh, Roberts. 
Litfin, Doyle 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Marvin 
Lorenz, Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Marlin 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Levi H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Nell, Paul L 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Reed, Ross 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sines, Virgil 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Thomas 
Stuber, Ray 
Swihart, Roger 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Wells, Maurice 
Wertz, I von 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 



Paul E. Heisey 
R. 2, Box 55 

West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy Shaffer 
71 Bomberger Rd. 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-627-3551 

GOSSIP, BOTH 

VERBAL AND 

BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that being 
busybodies in other men's matters, is 
contrary to the Scripture and it should 
not be indulged in, as it causes com- 
plaint and interference with the spirit- 
ual life and work of those concerned. 
This applies especially where there 
may be trouble in the church, both 
to local members and those else- 
where, talking and writing about such 
matters. 

B. When advice is sought of an 
official in any church matter he (the 
official) should be exceedingly careful 
in giving advice, so as not to interfer 
in any way with proper care of diffi- 
culties, by officials whose business 
they are. Elders and all others should, 
in seeking advice, begin at home when 
at all possible and be careful to pro- 
ceed regularly and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make statements 
that may be construed as derogatory 
to any member. If such things are 
done, full responsibility must be 
understood as being assumed by the 
writer. 

D. Caucusing, that is, the taking 
over and planning by groups, what to 
do or how to move in any particular 
matter is unprofitable, causative of 
distress and trouble and should not be 
indulged in by officials or anyone else. 



E. Talking or circulating of what 
was done in council, either to members 
who were not present or to outsiders, 
is irregular and un-Christian and 
should not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

Jacob C. Ness, Exec. Sec. 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

Charles Leatherman 
18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

Allen B. Eberly 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Road 
Waterfield, CA 95386 
209-874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
517-458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
717-359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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SCHOOL 
ADVISORY BOARD 

James Kegerreis 

R. 1 Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
William Carpenter 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 

Adel, Iowa 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 E. 7th Street 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
David L Skiles 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 



LOCATION OF 
CHURCH HOUSES 



BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Bethel Congregation is present- 
ly worshipping at the school building 
located five miles east of Bethel, one 
mile south of Interstate 78, exit 6 on 
route 419. 

Milbach House, located halfway be- 
tween Kleinfeltersville and Newmans- 
town, in Lebanon Co. or halfway 
between Schafferstown and Womeis- 
dorf, Pennsylvania. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MD. 
From Cumberland, Maryland, travel 
west on National Freeway #48, 20 
miles to Lower New Germany Road 
Exit. Turn left or south under freeway 
three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower 
New Germany Road 3.8 miles, left on 
Westernport Road 3.8 miles, right on 
Savage Road 3.9 miles to church on 
left. 



From Morgantown, W. Va. area, 
travel east on National Freeway #48 
to Lower New Germany Road Exit. 
Turn right three-tenths mile, turn right 
on Lower New Germany Road and 
follow above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 
#50 take U.S. Rt. #220 north, take 
Maryland Rt. #135 at McCoole (just 
north of Keyser, W. Va.) seven miles 
to Bloomington, Maryland. Turn right 
on Savage River Road, 12 1 / 2 miles to 
church on right. 

CLEARVILLE, PA. 
Ward's Church, located 14 miles 
southwest of Everett, Pa., all improved 
roads. From Everett take Rt. 26 to 
Clearville, Pa. At Clearville straight 
ahead South, leaving Rt. 26, which 
turns right, VA miles, then turn right 
at fork. Ward's Church is five miles 
on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 
Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn north off Rt. 44 on to 
County Rd. R16 at west edge of city. 
The church is % mile north on the 
west side of the road. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 

Harrisonburg Exit #63. Go to fourth 

stop light, Rt. 42, turn left to Dayton, (3 

miles) right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 
Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
440 and Rt. 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt. 48, one block north 
of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 
Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County No. 130. Take U.S. 33 
or Indiana #15 to Goshen, turn west at 
Police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., one block turn left on W. Clinton 
St. One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 



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GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway Vk miles 
south to 139th St., turn west, go to 
the second street and turn south one 
block. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
Coming from the south on Route 
501, turn right on Newport Road, 
which is about a mile north of Lititz. 
Coming from the north turn left on 
Newport Road. Go to second cross- 
roads, turn right. The brick church 
is on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 
Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Rt. 114 into 
East and West, and by Rt. 641 into 
North and South. The church is 
located on West Keller St., or corner 
of Keller and Washington St., four 
blocks west of Market St. or Route 
114. Leaving the Pennsylvania Turn- 
pike at the Carlisle interchange, Rt. 1 1 
will lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange, 
Rt. 16 will lead west to Rt. 114. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 
The Cloverleaf church is located 
one mile north of U.S. Highway #50, 
four miles west of McClave junction, 
or two miles east of Hasty, Colo., on 
U.S. #50 and then north one mile. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 
Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west 
on road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles from Yellow Springs. 
If traveling U.S. 15, this road crosses 
#15, half mile west of Lewistown and 
six miles south of Thurmont. 

PLEASANT HOME, CA. 

The Pleasant Home Church is lo- 
cated at 3960 Sharon Ave., Modesto, 
California. The Church's telephone 
number is 209-524-8634. 

Directions; From the South on High- 
way 99 take the Briggsmore Exit to 



the right and stay on Briggsmore Ave. 
to CI a us Road (approximately six 
miles), turn left on Claus, one fourth 
mile to Sharon Avenue, left on Sharon 
Ave. Church is on the left. Coming 
from the North on Highway 99 take 
the Briggsmore Exit, turn left and stay 
on Briggsmore and follow above 
directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 
Located in Williams County, four 
miles west of West Unity, forty rods 
north of Rt. 20 alternate. Two miles 
east of junction of Ohio Rte. 15 and 
U.S. Route 20 alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 
Route 18 passes east and west 
through Converse. In Converse, turn 
south at stoplight and go three miles. 
Turn right on blacktop road and go 
five miles to Plevna. Or go west of 
Converse on Rt. 18 for five miles, turn 
left and go three miles south. The 
Church is on west side of street near 
the square of Plevna. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 
Highway 99W enters Newberg in 
east-west direction. Those entering 
from the east on First St., go to third 
stoplight, turn right on N. Main. Go 
four blocks to the church at corner of 
N. Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first stop 
light onto N. Main and go four blocks 
to the corner of Main and Franklin Sts. 

ORION, OHIO 
Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Road, one fourth mile west of 
State Rt. 8 at a point six miles north 
of Canton or one and one-half miles 
north of North Canton and 17 miles 
south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 
Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 
Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 



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SHREWSBURY, PA. 
Fourteen miles south of York on 
Rt. 111, at the north end of the town 
of Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MD. 
Traveling U.S. Rt. 50, turn north at 
Red house, half way between Clarks- 
burg and Winchester, follow Rt. 219 
to Oakland, there turn left on county 
road 20. The church is on Rt. 20, 
about nine miles north of Oakland. 
Traveling U.S. Rt. 40, turn south onto 
Rt. 219, at Keyser Ridge, follow Rt. 219 
about four miles past Deep Great 
Lake, turn right on county road 20 at 
a store. The church is one and one- 
half miles Swallow Falls Park. 



WALNUT GROVE, MD. 

About midway between Frederick, 

Md. and Hanover, Pa. One-fourth mile 

east on Rt. 194, at an intersection 

three miles north of Taneytown, Md. 

W. FULTON, OHIO 
Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Rt. 20 alternate, three and one- 
half miles west of junction of Ohio 
Rt. 108 and U.S. Rt. 20 alternate. 

WINTERHAVEN, CA 
Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 
of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., go 
right on Brookside (marked with a 
Highland Springs sign) to Jonathan, 
left to Lincoln and right to the church. 



MISSIONS 



CLEARVILLE, PA. - In South Central 
Pennsylvania, about half-way between 
Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney Grove on 
Rt. 40. About six miles south of 
Clearville, Pa., along hard road a little 
east of Rt. 26. Services second, fourth 
and fifth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. 

HART, Ml - From Muskegon go north 
on Route 31 to Hart exit. Go left 
from freeway about 1 x h miles to tee in 
road, turn right, go approximately % 
mile to church on left side of road. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located southwest of Cuba, New 



Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State High- 
way 197 in Cuba. Follow Rt. 197 for 
19 miles when you will take a 
paved road to the left. A mission sign 
marks the junction. Proceed 3 miles 
to the mission. Present personnel 
includes David and Mildred Skiles; 
Paul and Sarah Skiles; Dean Shaffer; 
Carolyn Carpenter; Cynthia Chupp; 
Mary Alice Skiles and Renita Trujillo; 
Jill Nell; Elaine Yohe and Janelle 
Trujillo. Visitors would be wise to 
notify the Mission in advance. 
Address: R. 2 Box 8, Cuba, New 
Mexico 87013; Phone - 505-731-2292. 
Please contact for further information. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R.3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2034 Roble Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95354 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R.3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, C A 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3026 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913)675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Larry Andrews 
312 East Coleman 
Raymore, Missouri 64083 



All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, but 
sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXVI 



FEBRUARY 15, 1988 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE FALLING LEAVES 

See the leaves around us falling, 
Dry and withered, to the ground, 
Thus to thoughtless mortals calling, 
In a sad and solemn sound — 

"Youth, on length of days presuming, 
Who the paths of pleasure tread, 
View us, late in beauty blooming, 
Numbering now among the dead. 

"What tho' yet no losses grieve you — 
Gay with health and many a grace; 
Let not cloudless skies deceive you; 
Summer gives the autumn place." 

On the tree of life's eternal 
Let our highest hopes be stayed: 
This alone, forever vernal, 
Bears a leaf that shall not fade. 

- George Home 



BIBLE MONITOR 



TREES 

God has provided men with many blessings through His creation 
of trees. When He put trees upon the newly created earth he was 
providing for yet uncreated man many good and enjoyable things. 

Trees have many different shapes, various leaf patterns and 
produce many kinds of fruits. The trees which do not produce fruit 
also provide good things for men. Men who have labored by the 
sweat of their brows certainly appreciate the shade cast by a large 
tree. Houses are cooler and more comfortable if there are trees to 
shade it. Trees can also provide protection from winds or snow. 
When a tree is no longer needed or is dead it can be cut down, cut 
up and made into fuel. Trees may also be made into lumber plus 
many other products. Trees provide oxygen to return to the 
atmosphere thus serving as a purifier for the air about us. 

Probably the first product of trees we think of are the many 
different kinds of fruits and nuts. What is produced varies from one 
geographical area to another. There is a great variety of fruits and 
nuts produced across our country and around the world. What is 
novel to the traveler is commonplace to those who live there. 

Fresh fruits especially provide many healthful nutrients, even 
canned and frozen fruits provide a portion of those good things. 
The wide variety of fruits grown provides men with some kind of 
fruit that will suit their tastes. 

Fruitful trees are valuable and desirable. Not only providing their 
fruits for men's enjoyment but when removed from the orchard 
their firewood can provide an aroma not produced by the wood of 
other trees. 

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Disease and other conditions may afflict the trees, ev^n in their 
prime. Their leaves and branches may wither and finally die. Their 
roots may be affected by some disease within the soil or by rodents 
that chew upon the succulent roots. Fire and frost may also 
destroy once bountiful trees. These trees are valuable when 
productive but are cumbersome when they are diseased and dead. 

There are many parables and illustrations throughout the Bible 
based upon the fruit tree. Every one of these lessons presents the 
need for fruit being produced if the trees are to be preserved. 
Unfruitful trees are to be taken out and burned. Christians are to 
be like fruitful trees lest they also be removed and destroyed. Once 
the tree is removed from the ground it can no longer produce fruit. 
If fruitful Christians are removed from the scene of action they have 
lost their opportunity for fruitfulness. 

An unproductive tree is cumbersome to the ground, taking up 
space that could be better used by another tree. Water and 
nutrients are not used wisely if given to the unproductive. Unpro- 
ductive Christians are like the fig tree Jesus spoke of. It was given 
ample opportunity to produce but if it continued to fail it would be 
removed. Christians must be productive else they will be removed. 
If Christians are not bringing forth the fruit desired by the Master, 
they are cumbering the ground and wasting the resources given 
them. 

What kind of fruit does the Master expect? Each tree brings forth 
its own particular fruit. Each Christian must produce his own kind 
of fruit. 

The fruit produced in the Christian's life will be the result of the 
Holy Spirit's work within. Just as the sap flows from root 
throughout the tree's system of branches, limbs and twigs, unseen, 
so the Spirit, though unseen, will produce within the willing 
Christian, fruit. This fruit will be manifested before others in 
various good deeds that will bring honor and glory to God. 

All the fruit on a tree does not usually ripen at one time. It will 
ripen during a period of several days. This way the fruit may be 
more useful since it does not all come at once. The Christian will 
not at once produce all the fruits of the Spirit but will ripen each 
one as effort is expended. Each Christian has a different person- 
ality so some of the fruits will ripen more easily for one than for 
another but all of them need to be cultivated. 

Unproductive Christians are slipping backward into mortal 
danger. They will learn that having failed to use their opportun- 
ities, they will be uprooted and set aside. 

The need for fruitful Christian lives should be evident to each of 
us. It should be our desire to be as fruitful as possible. The fruit 
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most honored and of highest value. Christians can become highly 
valued and prized as they produce the fruit of the Spirit. 

We need to examine our lives to see what manner of fruit we are 
producing. Are we producing any? Are we producing good, high 
quality fruit? Or are we only producing low-quality withered fruit 
that barely gets by? 

God deserves the very best from each of us. Are you producing 
the fruit He desires? 



THE UNFORGIVING HEART 

An unforgiving heart or spirit is like poison to our souls. It eats 
away at us until it destroys us and others. It does more harm than 
can be measured, because the ripple effect goes on and on. Such a 
spirit may do more harm than the original mistake, because Satan 
can use it as a wedge. He will use it to drive people apart and 
destroy relationships, and he will also use it to bring discourage- 
ment and hopelessness. 

Whenever we don't forgive, we are holding a grudge. This means 
we are holding something against another person. We want this 
person to be constantly reminded of his or her mistake. We 
actually consider this person to be unworthy of our forgiveness, 
thereby justifying our unforgiving spirit. We also justify ourselves 
by saying the deed is too bad to forgive. Or, we hold a grudge 
because we are too proud to admit we have been wrong. 

Forgiving may not be easy, but it is a necessity, not an option. 
Holding something against another hinders our own spiritual lives. 
In the Lord's prayer, we ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. 
Thus, if we don't forgive, we will not be forgiven. It is a barrier, and 
we are the only ones who can remove it by forgiving others so God 
can forgive us. 

"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against 
any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your 
trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which 
is in Heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:25-26. If you have 
anything against anyone, now is the time to forgive it and get it out 
of the way. Some situations are harder to cope with, such as those 
who won't acknowledge their wrongs or those who cause our loved 
ones alot of trouble. But without exception, personal or not, we 
must forgive even those. 

When we fail, if we're not forgiven, we think there's no use to try 
anymore. It is a rather hopeless situation. But with forgiveness 
comes encouragement and renewed hope and purpose. Where 
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longer overwhelms us, but we will seek Jesus and ask Him for 
strength to go on. Forgiveness brings healing to our souls and 
relationships, and gives us greater protection from Satan's 
onslaughts. 

Satan delights in seeing us fall. He delights in seeing us become 
discouraged. He delights in our holier-than-thou attitudes con- 
cerning others mistakes, but he trembles when we are on our 
knees. He is at a disadvantage when we pray and receive God's 
forgiveness. He is also at a disadvantage when we forgive each 
other, for there is a greater strength in the unity which forgiveness 
makes possible. 

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil 
speaking, be put away from you, with ail malice: and be ye kind one 
to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for 
Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:31-32. As long as we hold 
anger, bitterness and harse words in our hearts, we can't forgive. 
We won't have the joy of the Lord in our hearts either. But if we 
forgive, we'll have both peace and joy. 

All of us need forgiveness at some time or other, both from God 
and man. To refuse to forgive the wrongs of our fellowman is to 
deny our own need for God's forgiveness and spiritual healing. 
This is the deepest need of our hearts. If it were not, Jesus would 
not have had to die for us. Sin made a barrier between us and God. 
Jesus received the death penalty in our behalf, so we could be 
forgiven and have this barrier removed. If God had an unforgiving 
heart, we would just die in our sins. 

"Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? 
till seven times?" Matt. 18:21. Peter asked this question of Jesus. 
He, like us, no doubt had a little problem forgiving. Peter thought 
there should be a limit of his responsibility, a time when he no 
longer needed to forgive. But Jesus replied, "I say not unto thee, 
Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven." (18:22) Peter 
probably thought, "Four hundred ninety times? Who could ever do 
that? Certainly not me!" 

Peter couldn't do this on his own and neither can we. But 
unlimited, loving forgiveness is possible in Jesus' strength. No one 
deserves this much forgiveness, but Jesus knew we would need it. 
This is the kind of forgiveness which Jesus gives us, the kind which 
heals hearts and relationships. It restores us to fellowship with 
God and each other. Do you have an unforgiving heart? Is it easy 
to hold a grudge, or easier to forgive? If if is easier to hold a 
grudge, seek Jesus' help now. He alone can give you a forgiving 
heart. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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WHAT MAKES A PERSON CHRISTIAN? 

I suppose if this question were asked of some conservative 
Christians, they would answer that a person needs to be baptized, 
live separately from the world, and observe the ordinances. Now, 
these are all good things, and no conservative Christian would 
dispute them. However, I challenge the idea that these things are 
what makes a person Christian. In fact, I would go so far as to say 
that these ideas are an extremely subtle and deadly heresy. This is 
the one threat that can destroy spirituality, destroy our fellowship, 
and tear down the Kingdom of God. You are probably wondering 
by now how I will get myself off this limb that I'm out on. Let me 
explain what I mean. 

We need to re-examine what it is, when you really get down to it, 
that makes a person Christian. Can it be baptism that makes the 
difference? Many have been baptized, and after their baptism have 
shown by their lives that there was no change of heart. Baptism is 
not enough. Also, there have been those who have observed all of 
the ordinances, and all of the guidelines of separation from the 
world, and yet have shown by their daily lives that they never 
experienced a birth from above. There doubtlessly will be people 
in Hell who practiced all of these teachings, BECAUSE THEY 
WERE NEVER CONVERTED. I do not presume to judge anyone, 
for God alone knows our hearts, but clearly it is possible to do all of 
these things, and still not be a Christian. They are not enough. 

So, what is it that makes a person Christian? A Christian is 
anyone who has the Spirit of Christ within. THIS is the one thing 
that makes a difference, and it is the ONLY thing that makes an 
eternal difference. We can observe every jot and tittle, just like the 
Pharisees, but if we do not have the Spirit of the Living God within, 
and if we are not getting to know and love Him more and more, 
then we will come up empty on the Day of Judgment. He will say, "I 
never knew you," and we too will see on that Day that we never 
knew nor loved Him. This is where we must start if we will be His 
followers. Of course, His true followers do obey His commands. 

May I be very clear: I believe in the historic Biblical truths that 
our church has defended. I believe in triune immersion, in 
separation from worldliness, and in the ordinances that the church 
has taught. My point is just this: AM of these things are utterly dead 
and worthless unless the Spirit of God is within us, for He, and He 
alone gives life. 

At the beginning I stated that it was a dangerous heresy to 
believe that the ordinances and separation were what made us 
Christian. I do believe that all the Bible must be taught. The 
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and observe the ordinances, but NEVER EXPERIENCE CHRIST 
WITHIN, for they are not even aware that anything deeper exists! 
FOR SHAME that we should fall so far from the pure Gospel of 
Christ, that we should think that our meager works are all that God 
wants. He wants our works, but more than that, He wants our 
hearts to live in and love and transform. Let's obey all of His 
commands, but more than that, let's give Him our hearts as a pure 
resting place. 

People, we must awake! Will we go on living our quiet, peaceful 
lives while the world all around us is living on the very brink of an 
eternal Hell? God have mercy on us if we continue to sleep. Our 
neighbors will arise at the Judgment and scream their condem- 
nation at us for never giving them a chance to eternal life. Our 
secular friends and fellow workers will ask why we never bothered. 
Do we care at all? Do we truly believe that there is an eternal Hell? 
Do we ACT like we believe our unsaved friends will go there if we 
don't help them? Whatever we do, we must never think that we will 
attract anyone by dry, dead works. When the Spirit lives His Divine 
Life through us, He will attract and call sinners to Himself. 

Judgment must first begin with the House of God, and He will 
purge His people severely. Think about your own life. Chances 
are, that if you are reading this, you have been following the 
teachings of the Bible. But, let me ask, is Jesus real to you every 
day, or do you just observe the ordinances? There will be 
absolutely no doubt if He did indeed come to !ive in your heart. It is 
not just a happy, warm feeling. When He enters your heart, you will 
be aware of something that you have never experienced before. 
What about when you pray? Do you honestly have a real 
awareness of the presence of the Lord? If not, then you need to 
start asking God to search your heart, and to reveal Himself to you. 
When a person really begins to search for God, it sometimes seems 
that it must be impossible to know Him. Just remember, there is 
nothing that He wants more than to make Himself real to searching 
hearts. 

I urge you to examine your heart here, now. The Day will soon 
come when He will search every heart at His Judgment Seat. It 
would be far better to see now that your heart is not right, and be 
saved, than to be found waiting on that awesome Day. 

Brother Dean Shaffer 
Route 2 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

''real love" 

We are living in an age when we see very little "real love" 
expressed and shown to other members of the Body of Christ. We 
can tolerate others as long as everything seems to be going along 
smoothly but we don't seem to be able to tolerate weakness in 
others and are not anxious to share in the problems of their lives. 

What is "real love" and how do we pursue it? Does real Christian 
love give you twitchiness in your stomach like starry-eyed infat- 
uation? What is God's kind of love and how do we differentiate it 
from what SEEMS to be love? 

First of all, REAL LOVE IS KNOWLEDGEABLE. If you have a 
special relationship with others, it is probably because you care 
enough to know quite a bit about them. Love deepens as 
knowledge of the other person grows and many aspects of their 
personality attracts you. Of brothers and sisters in the church for 
whom you pray, what do you really know about them, their 
characteristics and traits? Now, I am not talking of negatives. This 
is what often enters our mind first and that is not love at all. It is just 
negative criticism. As you get to know someone's weaknesses and 
challenges as well as their strong points, you better have an affinity 
for their person... their soul, if you will. 

A person who experiences "real love" is not afraid to admit his 
own shortcomings or those of the other person. You might be able 
to say, "I am aware of your weakness and I love you in spite of it." 
Acceptance is always important in serious Christian relationships. 
There must be unconditional commitment to those whom we call 
fellow Christians. 

REAL LOVE IS A RESPONSE TO THE TOTAL PERSON. 
"Agape" love is not a sensual love as is "eros" but it is brotherly 
love as "philo," under the umbrella of the love of Jesus Christ, 
"agape." "Eros" love is more a response to a body and a face rather 
than to a total person, complete with mind, emotion and person- 
ality. It is a physical kind of attraction. Our love has to be 
unconditional and directed toward the total person. It has to 
endure the understanding that the other person is "in process" of 
achieving what God wants him or her to be. It is not trying to 
control the other person but is reaching out in willingness to give 
when the person you love is unwilling or unable to reciprocate that 
love. God so loved the world that he gave... and gave... and gave... 
and still gives. 

REAL LOVE EDIFIES. There is a freedom there and an 
incredible sensitivity to the needs of the other person. It desires to 
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doesn't tear down. 

REAL LOVE MAKES WISE CHOICES. It takes subjective 
feelings and puts them into objective actions. You become more 
keenly aware of the need to live a life of commitment arid to better 
mesh with the values and personalities of other members of the 
church. Too many times we choose to pursue or reject relation- 
ships on the basis of ethnic, socio-economic or educational 
similarities or differences. Our temperaments might be varied but 
we can choose not to let these differences fragment our relation- 
ships. 

REAL LOVE SELECTS WISE VALUES. The values and goals 
that we have will illustrate our relationship with God and with 
others. There can never be compromise to the commitment to the 
other members of the Body which we "attached" to when we 
became a part of it. Our values should be in harmony with those 
which are taught in God's Word and also those which are 
determined in church doctrine. Christ is the central Value of your 
life. Other things will revolve around Him. Work, friends, family, 
money, recreation... all of these are only spokes in the Hub of our 
wheel of which Jesus Christ is the center. 

REAL LOVE SHOWS A FUSING OF MINDS. It shows that we 
hold the same things in importance... those things what are also 
important to the Lord. It shows a oneness of lifestyle and possibly 
even Christian grooming. It accepts and is completed by the lives 
of other Godly people. 

Do you have "REAL LOVE?" Pray that God will give you a 
special desire to grow in love as you grow in His grace. Pray that 
He will help you to revise your feelings as He works His will and His 
way in your life. Seek the Lord in the matter of love and desire to 
live within His will. And pray! Pray that God will show you paths of 
communication; pray that He will show you guidance in caring; 
pray that He will give you hope as you better support and are 
supported by brothers and sisters. Seek out counsel from God's 
Word and look for "green lights" which will encourage and 
reassure you in your relationships. Above all, guard your heart 
from the evil thinking and the self promotion of our day. The 
Christian experience is an adventure that begins with baptism and 
ends at the graveside. In between there is laughter, tears, serious 
thought and ecstasy. As the Lord has brought us together as 
believers, so He will see us through. 

Brother Len Wertz 

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Great quarrels have small beginnings. 



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THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

HOLY KISS 
35 
In GOD'S WORD we're taught to love 
1fi . 1fi This is something we should not miss, 

S '■" Five times we read in the GOOD BOOK 

To greet one another with an HOLY KISS 

36 
The KISS is a way to express our love 
Like a mother caresses her children, 
When MEMBERS of the CHURCH meet one another 
SISTERS greet SISTERS and BRETHREN 
greet BRETHREN. 

37 
PAUL'S writings to the CHURCH at CORINTH 

To THESSALONICA, ROME and don't miss, 
PETER, for in his writings he tells us, too 

To greet one another with a HOLY KISS. 

38 
We enjoy saluting the BRETHREN 

That's what we are commanded to do, 
We extend our love to one another 

Doing what the BIBLE tells us to do. 

PRAYER COVERING 

39 

PAUL, in writing to the CORINTHIAN'S 
In BOOK ONE and CHAPTER ELEVEN, 
' ' Plainly tells us to keep the ORDINANCES 
The way in GOD'S BOOK they are given. 

40 
The BIBLE gives the line of headship 

CHRIST is the head of every man, 
MAN is the head of every woman 

GOD is the head of CHRIST — "GOD'S PLAN." 

41 
When men pray their heads are to be uncovered 

If covered, they dishonoreth their head, 
When women pray, their heads are to be covered 

If uncovered, they dishonoreth their head. 



I Cor. 16:20 
I Thess. 5:20 
I Peter 5:14 . 



Cor. 13:12 



I Cor. 11:1-2 



I Cor. 11:3 



I Cor. 11:4-5 



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42 
If a woman prays uncovered, the WORD says 

I Cor. 11:6 " Let ner a,so be shaven and shorn," 

Such would be a shame for a woman 
And to her head she would bring scorn. 
43 
In this same SCRIPTURE we learn 

I Cor. 11:14-15 ,f a man have ,on 9 hair it is a shame, 

But, if a woman have long hair, it's a glory 
To cut it would change glory to shame. 
44 
The COVERING is not the natural hair, 

I Cor. 11:6 For man cou,d not remove it to pray, 

When the BIBLE states, "LET HER BE COVERED' : 
This SCRIPTURE each woman should obey. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 15, 1928 

THEY THINK IT STRANGE 

I Peter 4:4 

Minor Leatherman 

They think it strange that ye run not with them to the same 
excess of not speaking evil of you ever since man began upon the 
earth. The unruly, the unlawful, the unrighteous have thought it 
strange that the ruly, the lawful, the righteous did not run with them 
to the same excess. 

i a K 3 h U £° b l% th0ught jt stran 9 e that he was n °t treated like 
Jacob^ The children of Israel thought it strange that they could not 
have idols and worship them like the surrounding nations. They 
thought it strange that they had to wear a little fringe of blue upon 
their garments and had to keep certain ordinances and command- 
ments that the surrounding nations did not keep but strangest of all 
is the thought of some after they would live a separate life from the 
world and had renounced satan with all his pernicious ways would 
go back to the world again and wish to take others along with them 
But since the lawful and Godly cannot do this neither have a desire 
to do so, those that separate themselves from the life of God, think 
it strange that those that love his commandments even more than 
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cannot take up the old life without losing fellowship with God 
which is so dear to him when he promised to renounce satan in his 
baptismal vows. He promised to renounce Sunday baseball games 
or any other ball games, the movies, card parties, billiard rooms, 
state and county fairs, lodge halls, which is spiritual wickedness in 
high places; also feasting and dancing which is one of the great 
destroyers of spiritual life. We have read of some in the church 
where we separated from eating a hearty breakfast and getting into 
fine cars going to the house of God and laboring so hard in the 
service of the Lord that by eleven o'clock in the day they had to 
have refreshments served. It would seem that Paul did not work 
near so hard, neither did Elijah, nor any of the church fathers when 
the hour of worship has to be broken up in order to have an ice 
cream social. We wonder where the spirit of the cross, sacrifice 
and perseverance is. 

Others put on the foolish fashions of the world and think it 
strange that we do not the same, speaking evil of us. The great cry 
is "It won't hurt and if the heart is right all is right.' According to 
that logic we could say the thistle, the bitter crabapple and he 
deadly night hawk were all right but the heart and especially the 
human heart is known by its fruit. Where would be the wisdom and 
Godly sense to hear a man swearing with every word he uttered 
and then turn around and say if the heart is right a I is right? Yet 
this is talked and more or less believed by many. It is one of the 
main ways of the devil. Its doctrine is to deceive unwary souls. It s 
nature to lull the loyal part of the church to sleep while the devil 
rocks them in the cradle of indifference while he sings over them 
this song, "Judge not anything that you see or hear. This false 
this pernicious doctrine walked into the church with its motto do 
not use even righteous judgment and therefore almost all sins 
winked at, even the sin of fornication would be communed with. 
Paul's injunction not to eat did not make any difference. Coveting 
the dress of the world which is idolatry was also relegated as not 
binding but those ordinances that are binding such as the 
salutation was condemned as unsanitary. The idea of God giving a 
commandment to be observed and then killing people for keeping 

it' 

They think it strange that the loyal part do not run after every 
innovation that comes along and say they are old fog.es, bare 
heads and kickers. The whole sum of the matter is, those people 
need their minds renewed. They need a vision from Gods 
standpoint of view. (John 18:36) 

Jesus says, "My kingdom is not of this world." The Christian 
lives the separated life. He cannot indulge in the things of the 
world' he must be about his Master's business; he cannot intangie 



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himself in the pleasures of the world without "crucifying his Lord 
afresh and putting him to an open shame," if he goes back on his 
vows himself, his Lord and lost souls are made to suffer. Some one 
feels the effect of our lives, if it is for good, some one is made 
stronger if for evil, some one is hurt. We know our Saviour is hurt 
and grieved with a misspent life. It also may a dear mother, a 
father, a brother or sister or some dear friend. We know our 
heavenly Father is grieved when we do not think his service 
glorious and satisfying, when we have to return to the things of the 
world to get our pleasure. May God help us to find great pleasure 
in his service which bringeth that peace which the world cannot 
give, even joy at his right hand for ever more. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Divine and Human Parts in Conversion 
J. H. Moore 

In the process of conversion, as set forth in the New Testament 
Scriptures, there is a divine part, as well as human part. Man 
performs the human part, while the Father, the Son, and the Holy 
Spirit, look after the divine side. The lack of this very necessary 
distinction, when treating the subject of conversion, has led to 
many errors. 

We read, "By grace are ye saved." This is the divine part of 
salvation, and yet there is something more in the plan of re- 
demption than mere grace. Then, on the other hand, we read that 
"by faith are ye saved." Still, in order to complete the process of 
conversion, there is something more than faith demanded. We 
further read, "Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish." Paul 
was told to "arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins." These, 
along with faith, are human parts in the New Testament plan, but 
these of themselves will not answer the purpose. True, they are 
divinely-appointed conditions, but we must look even beyond 
conditions for the pardoning power. Though we read, "The like 
figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us," still, strictly 
speaking, baptism does not save. The real saving power is beyond 
all rites and ceremonies, or beyond anything that is our privilege, 
or even our duty, to perform. 

The saving power is in the hands of the Lord, who alone 
exercises it when his clearly-revealed conditions are properly 
complied with. Through the apostles he has enjoined faith, 
repentance and baptism, not that they have in them any power or 
element to remove sins, but that the sinner may by them be brought 
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While the sinner may, and should, see the hand as well as the 
wisdom of God in these duties, he nevertheless looks beyond them 
to the hand and power that releases him from the burden of sin and 
enrolls his name among the redeemed. 

Jesus has promised to save those who believe, repent and are 
baptized. He has pledged himself to pardon their sins, if they 
sincerely comply with these conditions, but he has not taught them 
to look to these or any other duties, rites or ceremonies, for the 
saving power. It is to Jesus that they must look for the Power that 
saves or pardons. Then, on the other hand, they are not to look to 
Jesus, expecting salvation while, at the same time, willfully 
neglecting the conditions. While there may be no inherent virtue in 
the conditions themselves, — for the real virtue is in Jesus and his 
atoning blood, — still there are no Gospel grounds for expecting 
God to apply this virtue, or pardoning power, in the absence of the 
conditions, — especially so when the conditions are knowingly 
neglected. 

The authority to exercise the pardoning privilege, in behalf of the 
one who has faith and repentance, but for some reason has not 
been permitted to receive the rite of Christian baptism, may 
possibly be reserved by God as an act of special grace, but Jesus 
never so taught, nor were the apostles at any time authorized to 
promulgate such a doctrine. The plain, simple teaching of the New 
Testament is to believe, repent and be baptized for the remission of 
sins. To all such the promise is that they shall be pardoned, they 
shall receive the Holy Spirit, and henceforth be numbered with the 
saints, and entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Christian 
church. 

What is said about salvation by grace, or being saved by hope, or 
by the atoning blood, does not set aside the duties required of 
sinners seeking salvation, but rather includes them, and the man 
who makes a business of emphasizing the divine side, and 
minimizing the human side, is doing violence to God's Word. 

The fact of the matter is that, in the performance of duty, the 
sinner has his heart changed by faith, his conduct by repentance 
and his relation by baptism, but the pardoning act itself takes place 
in heaven, where the record is kept. The moment he performs his 
duty, just that moment does he receive pardon. In his own heart he 
feels that his sins have been removed and that he is a saved man. 
He does not feel that faith, repentance and baptism have saved 
him, for in them is no special merit, but he does realize that he has 
been saved by the direct and personal power of God. He sees and 
feels the real hand of God, the power of Jesus and the influence of 
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led him where Jesus has promised to meet him with pardon. He 
has performed the conditions and from the Lord received the 
assurance of pardon. And still none of the New Testament require- 
ments should be looked upon as arbitrary. They are in perfect 
keeping with man's needs and the very nature of things. God, 
knowing what is in man, knew how to harmonize every requirement 
with the laws that govern thought, as well as matter. 

HEART 

I wonder if we as true followers of Jesus Christ could find room 
in our hearts for a stranger, one who does not know Jesus as we 
do. We all have friends who are always near. They also know 
Jesus as their Saviour. 

How about the thousands who do not know of Jesus? Do we 
have some love in our hearts we can spare? Let us make room for 
these dear ones, the lost, the lonely and weary, in our hearts. If it 
had not been for the Grace of God we too could have been one of 
them. 

If every good deed we do becomes a seed and we plant it along 
the way, it will come back ten fold. Let us plant it as we travel 
among ourfriendson the journey of life. True children of the Lord 
Jesus Christ will plant seed each day. Let each of us try each day 
to spend some time in sowing seeds for Christ and the Church. It 
will bring forth fruit for the Master. 

The harvest is great but the labourers are few. The harvest is 
ready, so let us each one do our part to bring the lost to Christ. 

God's storehouse is full. All we need to do is ask Him and He will 
supply our every need. Let us each one give Him a chance to open 
up His treasures, and our lives will overflow and the lost will be able 
to find the Lord and Saviour. Now is the time. Let us not wait till 
God calls us home. No one wants to go to Heaven empty handed. 
While we still have time, let us seek the lost and fallen and help 
them to see the Christ who died that they might be able to have a 
home in Heaven. Then we can feel we have had a little room in our 
hearts for a stranger. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

King Canute promised to make him the highest man in England 
who should kill King Edmund, his rival; which when one had 
performed, and expected his reward, he commanded him to be 
hung on the highest tower of London. So Satan promises great 
things to people in pursuit of their lusts; then he puts them off with 
great injury. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MARCH 1988 

March 6 -Tower of Babel; Descendants of Shem - Genesis 11:1-26. 

1. What was the purpose of the tower? 

2. What was the root sin in the tower of Babel? V. 4. 

March 13- God's Call and Promise to Abraham - Genesis 11:27-32; 
12:1-9. 

1. Why was Abram chosen to be the father of the chosen race? 
Gen. 18:19. 

2. Why are the Jews a "chosen people?" 

March 20- Abraham in Egypt; Abraham and Lot- Genesis 12:10-20; 
13:1-18. 

1. Why did Abrah lie about Sarai? 

2. Can we "pitch our tent toward Sodom?" 

March 27 - Abraham Rescues Lot; Melchisedek - Genesis 14:1-24. 

1. Who was Melchisedek? 

2. Why did Abram give him tithes? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1988 

March 6 - Our Integrity - Job 27:1-6; Psalms 41; Psalms 11:1-5; 
I John 3:18-24. 

1. In what areas of our life is integrity important? 

2. Who is our standard of Integrity? Eph. 4:13. 

March 13 - Conversion - Psalms 19:2-14; Psalms 51:10-13; Matt. 
18:1-11; Acts 3:19; James 5:19-20. 

1 . What is it to be converted? 

2. What changes will occur in our daily living? II Cor. 5:17. 

March 20 - Our Labor - Matthew 20:1-16. 

1. What role do our labors play in our relationship with Christ? 

2. What are the rewards for faithful labor? 

March 27 - The Greatest Commandment - Deut. 10:12; Matt. 
22:35-40; Luke 10:25-29. 

1 . What is it to love the Lord? 

2. How do we prove our love? John 14:15. 



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VOL. LXVI 



MARCH 1, 1988 



NO. 5 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD 

(Matthew 24:12) 
Love is tender and love is kind, 
And it comes from our soul and mind. 
True Christians show their affection, 
Showing Christ their adoration. 

We are living in the last days 
When many folks don't give God praise. 
They allow their love to wax cold; 
Instead of humble, they are bold. 

We are told to love each other, 
Neighbor, friend, sister, or brother. 
When we for Christ have made a stand, 
We know this is the Lord's command. 

We'll hate evil but love kindness. 
We'll thank Him for His divineness, 
For the sorrow He had on earth, 
And for our chance for second birth. 

Chastisements come to those who love 
And do the will of Christ above. 
They come in many various ways. 
So we'll walk closer all our days. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 



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BASICS 

We live in a very complicated world. Our contacts with the 
various levels of government are often frustrating because of "red 
tape." Financial and business affairs have become complicated. 
Although modern technology offers many advantages still it brings 
many complications. Tax forms even when supposedly simplified 
have become tedious and trying. It seems people have gotten away 
from the simple and basic things. 

With the rejection of God and His Word, people do not have the 
simple reliance upon His principles to guide their lives and 
dealings. They try to argue away the application of God's Word to 
their lives by erecting a whole, complicated set of rules and 
regulations. These rules based on men's natural understanding, 
for them, take the place of God's unqualified "yea" and "nay." They 
have devised a code of conduct that varies according to the 
moment's situation. Right is determined by feelings rather than by 
the unchanging Word of God. Getting away from the basics of 
God's Word leave people adrift in a complicated set of changable 
rules. 

Even the government understands the need for basic training 
when training members of her military forces. Basic training is 
needed before specialized training is begun. 

In education certain basics need to be learned before more 
advanced classes can be taken. When studying mathematics the 
basic functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division 
must be learned before more complicated mathematical problems 
can be solved. There are many examples of the need for basics 
being learned before the more complicated can be accomplished. 

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Unfortunately there are many times that Christianity is made 
complicated. The plain and simple gospel is overwhelmed with so 
many unnecessary complications. It would be well for those who 
fill the pews to often have repeated for them the plan of salvation. 
There is a tendancy too often to become overly concerned with 
side issues that have a place but yet are unimportant if not 
preceeded by the call to salvation. 

The ordinances of the Church and the government of our daily 
lives are of no importance to a lost and dying world. The uncon- 
verted care nothing about right living. The unconverted must hear 
the plan of salvation in order to use it. It is good for the converted 
to hear that same plan over and over so they can realize what price 
has been paid for their souls. This should make them a thankful 
and introspective people. By oft times hearing the plan of sal- 
vation, they can better repeat it for others, who need to hear, but 
who would not likely be found in the House of God. 

Christian living is often complicated by men's ideas. They have 
all manner of amendments to make to God's plan, which often 
defeat God's plan and purpose. People do not like to acknowledge 
their sinfulness so they use morality, good works or the record of 
past generations as substitutes for God's plan. It is hard for people 
to realize that they are a part of the problem of this world instead of 
part of the solution, unless following God. 

It would be easy enough to blame our problems on Adam and 
Eve. Although we have inherited their tendency to sin, we each sin 
on our own account. This sin stands between us and God. This 
separation is spiritual death. Without God's mercy and grace we 
would be doomed to an eternal separation from Him. Through His 
mercy and grace He has provided a way of escape. By sending His 
only begotten Son, Jesus Christ He made a way for us to be 
brought into favor with Him. Jesus bore on the cross our sin and 
unrighteousness. Although He has borne that sin, we must 
acknowledge it and believe He is able to take it from us. After 
expressing our sorrow for past sins and determination to sin no 
more, we are to be baptized by triune immersion, which pictures 
His death and resurrection. With the indwelling of His Spirit 
following baptism a new creature is born to live a life, pleasing to 
God. 

These basics must be met before any of the services of the 
Church can be meaningful to us. The ordinances and holy living 
now are important for they are built upon the basic concept of 
having our sins forgiven. Following the basics our activities in holy 
living should reflect our Saviour's life within us. 

In a complicated world, we must be careful we do not make this 
most needed of all things too complicated. We must not scare 



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away those who most need to know these basics. On the other 
hand, we need to be careful we do not subtract from all that God 
actually requires. 

Let us learn and often repeat the basics, so what comes after will 
be easier and more sensible to follow. Learn the basics! 

A MESSED UP LIFE 

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was 
upon the face of the deep." Gen. 1:2. 

The earth was not always as we see it now. It was once without 
form, void, dark — a very bleak picture. Everything was jumbled up 
and out of order. There was no life, nor could it sustain life at that 
point. There were no people, no animals, nor trees and such. God 
took the mess, straightened it out and made it fit for life. He took 
away the emptiness and filled it with His creation. Darkness was 
brought under control, and light came into being. When everything 
was completed, God said it was good (see Gen. 1:31). 

It wasn't long until the scene changed. Adam and Eve got into 
trouble when they sinned, and the consequences brought alot of 
distress. Sin has been in the heart of man ever since, and people 
are alienated from God by this sinful nature. Sin fills our hearts and 
lives with chaos; it brings emptiness and gloom. Before we come 
to Christ, our lives are very much like this earth was once, and it 
takes God to set everything straight. 

It took the special touch of God to change this world from a 
useless mess into something worthwhile. It took His touch to 
establish order where chaos had been, to create life where none 
existed. God filled every void with His goodness. It takes His touch 
to change us also, and to fill us with worthwhile traits and goals. 
Without God's touch, we will remain empty and lifeless. 

When we come to Christ, we can only come as we are. Whatever 
we'd like to be, or whatever we think we are doesn't count. Neither 
can we make ourselves worthy of Christ's forgiveness. Our lives 
are messed up because our souls are messed up, and our souls are 
messed up because of sin. We need to repent and receive for- 
giveness through Jesus. He alone can take care of this sin and give 
us strength to be what we'd ought to be. 

"Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come 
unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for 
them." Heb. 7:25. Some people's lives seem to be more messed up 
than others, but Jesus is able to save to the uttermost. If doesn't 
matter how long your list of failures is. Jesus is able to save you 
and help you go on to something better. He can lift you out of the 
depths of sin and give you a whole new life. No matter how bad the 



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mess is, Jesus can change it. 

"But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. Some people think they 
are too bad to be saved, that their lives are so messed up that God 
won't want them. The fact is these are the kinds of people Jesus 
died for. These are the kinds of people God chose to love! If God 
had waited for us to quit sinning so we could be saved, it would 
never happen. It can only be because of God's love and mercy. 

Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery, "Neither do I 
condemn thee: go, and sin no more." John 8:11. Everyone of us 
has messed up our lives in some way or other. Our personal sin 
may not be the same as this woman but we are guilty nonetheless. 
When we come to Him, Jesus' message to us will be the same. 
Rather than condemning us, He forgives, then tells us to go on our 
way and leave sin behind. 

Jesus asked, "Tell me therefore, which of them will love him 
most?" Simon said, "I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most." 
Any person who is rescued by Jesus from a really messed up life 
feels deeply grateful. The woman who anointed Jesus' feet was 
right at the bottom of the list as far as the religious leaders were 
concerned, but she loved Jesus and He loved her. Her sins were 
many, but not too many to forgive and she went away with peace in 
her heart. Read Luke 7:36-50. 

Whether we've committed one sin or a dozen, we have plenty of 
reason to love Jesus much. We are just like this woman, only a 
sinner, only able to be saved by His grace. We are no better than 
anyone else, and may not be as good as some, so we've nothing to 
boast of. Jesus is the only one who can take a messed up life and 
turn it into something worthwhile. Let Him have yours, won't you? 
And make it soon! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



THE PASSPORT OF LIFE 

A passport is a document giving official permission to travel in a 
certain country, under the protection of your own government. 
You don't need to show your passport at the time of leaving your 
own country. Your plane ticket or ship ticket is what you need to 
begin a journey overseas. But the moment you enter the country to 
which you are traveling, you must show your passport. If you have 
no passport, you will either be shipped out on the next available 
flight, or detained until the officials find out who you are and what 
you want. 

When you enter a foreign country, and are asked for your pass- 



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port, the customs official will examine it, and then carefully look at 
you to see that you match the description and photo in the 
passport. You also need your passport available at all times while 
in any foreign country and must show it upon request to the 
officers. You must also show your passport upon returning to your 
own country. 

A passport entitles you to certain privileges. You can travel 
freely (more or less) through the visiting country. Your home 
government will attempt to protect you. The Ambassador of your 
country will assist you in a real emergency. In theory, your pass- 
port will protect you from harrassment and arrest by foreign 
officials. 

Christians are pilgrims or aliens on this earth who are "just a 
passin' through." The Christian is not at home here on earth. His 
affections are to be centered on his home country and its kingdom. 
He is a foreigner while here. 

There are no documents required to leave this earth. But if you 
wish to be admitted into the country of Heaven, you need a pass- 
port of life. This passport could be described as right standing with 
God, or righteousness. (See Romans 4:4-5 and Revelations 3:5-18; 
4:4; 6:11; 7:9-17.) This passport is obtained through faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

There are certain privileges associated with having the passport 
of life. You will be granted an entrance into Heaven instead of 
being cast into Hell. You will receive new life in Christ. You are 
guaranteed twenty-four-hour access to God, and His help in the 
time of trouble. 

Have you obtained your passport of life? Have you received right 
standing with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you 
be admitted into the celestial city? 

Brother Robert S. Lehigh 

R. 4 Box 4427 

Spring Grove, PA 17362 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 1, 1928 

FAITH 
D. W. Hostetler 

When the word of God is taught, it produces faith. The sinner is 
convicted of his sin and he is made to believe in the Father, Son, 
and Holy Spirit, and the word of God. 

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the same text we find "By grace are ye saved." In Romans 8:26, it is 
said that we are saved by hope. Again Paul says, "Work out your 
soul salvation." Still another text says that whosoever calleth on 
the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Unfortunately, many people have taken one of these texts and 
have run into the extreme with it. With some people, salvation is all 
faith; with others it is all hope; with others it is grace; some want to 
do it all by works; and a very common expression is "Only believe." 

To take one of these texts and disregard all others is narrowness 
in the extreme. I want to be quite liberal here: it takes a combi- 
nation of all of these forces to work out our salvation. Each writer 
of the New Testament put the emphasis on the subject he was 
dealing with, so when the text says that we are saved through faith, 
it is understood that these other virtues are applied in the process 
of working out of our salvation. The Jews had the Gospel preached 
to them but to no profit, because it was not mixed with faith. 
Unbelief is the sin that is running rampant through the country, and 
this sin will, without doubt, condemn more people in the great day 
of reckoning than all other sins. Atheism may be chartered by the 
state of New York, but it will never be able to stamp Christianity out 
of the human heart and convert the American people to its creed of 
negations and absurdities. We still find ourselves doing as Jesus 
said in Mark 11:22, "Have faith in God," and like Philip who told the 
eunuch to believe with all his heart, and as we are told in Mark 1:15, 
"Believe the gospel." 

To have faith as stated above is to accept these commands just 
as they are. It means to put confidence in, to trust in, or put faith in 
them as in the reality of a fact, as in the integrity and veracity of 
another. It means that we put our trust in the veracity of these 
objectives; and this leads up to the habitual observance of truth. 

The power of God unto salvation is vested in the Gospel as seen 
in Romans 1:16 and Ephesians 1:19. Paul further says that the 
preaching of the cross unto them that perish foolishness, but unto 
us which are saved it is the power of God. Faith lays hold of the 
Gospel which is the power of God to them that believe, and since 
the faith of the Son of God is a living evangelical faith, it is active 
and works by love. It leads the individual to seize the means of 
grace. Paul says in Romans 5:2, "By whom also we have access 
into this grace wherein we stand." It is through faith in the Son of 
God that we can claim the grace of God. It is all folly to confess 
faith in the Christ and then reject part of his teaching as some do 
saying that some of the teachings of Christ are unessential, for in 
so doing the very means of grace are rejected. This leads up to 
Paul's teaching of the unity of faith in Ephesians 4:13. 

In Ephesians 4:5 we read, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." 



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What is the one faith? Can one member believe that faith, 
repentance, and baptism (triune immersion) for the remission of 
sins are the conditions of pardon, while another believes that he is 
justified by faith and that baptism is rendered essential because of 
remission of sins, still another believes that secret oath bound 
orders are incompatible with Christianity, and another believes he 
can affiliate with secret orders. We still believe the established 
practices of the church in the principles of non-conformity to the 
world in the matter of dress and worldly amusements while others 
disregard all these principles and follow the vain and sinful 
fashions of the world and games and plays of worldly amusements. 
Under such conditions how can we be brought into the unity of the 
faith, of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man unto 
the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ? 

The next verse says, 'That we henceforth be no more children 
tossed to and fro and carried about by the sleight of men and 
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, but let us 
spread the truth in love, that we may grow up unto him in all things 
which is the head even Christ." 

The unity of the faith will bring us to Philippians 1:27, "Stand fast 
in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the 
gospel." And again, earnestly contending for the faith once 
delivered to the saints. We should speak the same things, there 
should be no dissensions among us; we should be perfectly joined 
together in the same mind and in the same judgment. There must 
be eternal manifestations of the faith. This is the teaching of James 
when he says "Shew me thy faith without works and I will shew you 
my faith by my works. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so 
faith without works is dead also." Abraham was justified by works 
when he offered his son, Isaac. I cannot see how there can be any 
justification of faith withoutan external manifestation. Unity in our 
faith and practice is the thing that will count for most. 

Another interesting point is found in Hebrews 12:2: "Looking 
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." It is evident that if 
Christ is the author and finisher of our faith he will make the faith of 
all men the same. We cannot admit that Christ will make one faith 
for one man and another kind for another. He does not make one a 
Quaker and another a Calvinist. He does not make one to believe 
all the gospel and obey it, and another to believe so he can set part 
of it aside. 

The gospel tells us what Jesus said and did and if we believe the 
things that Jesus said and did just as it is in the book, our faith is 
the same. To allow Jesus to be finisher of our faith is to put into 
practice the things we believe, to begin with Christ and go with him 
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quits. People differ in practices, but the difference comes from 
some other source than Jesus Christ, for whatever Jesus meant 
then he means the same for us. When you are through reading this 
letter, turn to your Bible and read Acts 16:5, I Timothy 4:1, II 
Timothy 3:13-15 and II Corinthians 13:5. 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Christians and Financial Commitment 

As we look back into the old minutes of our church, we find some 
prohibitions against taking part in government farm programs. The 
men of God who made rulings on this matter saw the dangers of 
getting too close to or to dependent on the world system. Again, 
today, we must sound the warning about a major problem of our 
age and that is becoming indebted to a creditor or creditors in such 
a way as to become insolvent or dependent. 

Several years ago a popular song talked of "selling my soul to the 
company store..." That might be symbolic of the great indebted- 
ness that many are experiencing today. 

I submit that many businesses in this age require borrowing to 
stock their shelves or produce other products or even to plant their 
crops. This has become necessary but if we follow the Bible... we 
will use its guidelines to handle these situations properly. 

We are living in a problematic and affluent age. We see 
economic challenges all around us. Inflation has been propelling 
across this nation and the world for forty years. This time of 
inflation caused many people to become careless in their investing 
and in making financial commitments. People violated safety 
measures in monetary investments and depended on inflation to 
get them by. For the past few years, banks have actually 
encouraged us to borrow heavily and sometimes this occurred 
without thorough investigation of the stability of the loan. But 
remember this principle from Proverbs 22:7, "... The borrower is 
servant to the lender," and this fact has become a reality to many 
people in the late 1980's. 

Now, the economy has reversed. We are actually experiencing 
"deflation." The value of our property and goods have decreased. 
Profits have slid down to unhealthy low levels. Some businesses 
are stressed because of high investments and low collateral. It 
becomes increasingly more difficult to pay the debts that we have 
made. Possibly it is taking all of our monies to decrease a debt 
rather than being able to properly support our family or to give to 
the work of the Lord. Stress has increased... "Mens hearts failing 
them for fear..." Family stress is increasing and in a society where 



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most families are held together with only a thread, this is taking 
stability away from the lives of youth. Insecurity is a by-product of 
building our lives around possessions which are only temporary. 
Even our sleep is affected by the worry and pressure from financial 
cares. 

We must be more serious about entering into financial commit- 
ments today. We must analyze Biblical principles and find out if we 
are functioning in our own selfish interest or under the leading of 
the Holy Spirit. 

There are many questions we should ask when we decide to 
borrow .noney or make investments. First, will it violate the 
Scripture? The Scriptures are very demanding about not being in 
debt. (See Rom. 13:8) Will it produce a bondage relationship with 
our creditors? Will it make difficult demands on our future? 
Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou 
knowest not what a day may bring forth." Will it give only an 
illusion of independence? Some individuals feel that if they have 
the money in hand, it is theirs to do with for whatever they desire. 
Will it devour our resources to repay it and will the high interest eat 
up much of what we have borrowed? Figure carefully. If you 
borrow only six thousand dollars for thirty years at 12% interest, it 
will end up costing you an additional fifty thousand dollars to pay it 
off on monthly payments. 

Moses could not borrow to construct the tabernacle because it 
would have made God the servant of the people. Noah couldn't 
borrow to build the ark because it would have damaged his faith 
and his witness. Paul couldn't borrow money to finance his 
missionary trips because he would have needed to ask people to 
support him. Money should be borrowed primarily for increasing 
income. Proverbs 23:27 teaches us to "Prepare... to fit ... and 
afterwards build thine house." 

We need to analyze our ability to manage in our business before 
we use borrowed funds to operate it. It is always valuable to seek 
the counsel of someone older or more experienced in the Body and 
then to pray about that information and the decision to follow. If 
we are seeking to go into a questionable business and if our motive 
is to earn a "quick buck," it is likely that we will be headed for 
financial disaster. Success will come only as we keep adequate 
records, as we budget and evaluate our performance in that field of 
endeavor. 

As Christians, we have to learn to keep our debts in line with our 
income and ability to pay back that which we owe. I would 
encourage you to reach out with optimism as you work toward 
achievement through high goals, but go forth realistically and with 
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will suffer the world's problems and heartaches. Money problems 
are always listed among the major causes of divorces and marital 
problems in our country. Our lack of self control in this area will 
lead to material and spiritual bankruptcy. Remember, "It is he 
(God) that giveth thee power to get wealth..." Deut. 8:18. You can 
only be financially free as you seek His will in your life. 

Brother Len Wertz 



THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

ANOINTING 
45 
GOD has made provision for HIS CHILDREN 
HE is aware of all our needs, 

Whether in HEALTH or whether in SICKNESS 

HE never fails, but always succeeds. 

46 
In the NEW TESTAMENT, in the BOOK of JAMES 
In chapter five and verse fourteen, 
' We read, "If there is any among you sick 

Let him call the ELDERS for the ANOINTING." 

47 
And let the ELDERS pray over the one 
ANOINTING him with oil in the name of the LORD. 



Phil. 4:19 



James 5:14 



James 5:14-15 .. And the prayer of faith shaM save him 

As GOD promised He'd do in HIS WORD. 

48 
There is promised a three-fold blessing 
. ,- 1f - Bestowed on the one who is anointed, 

james o.io Jhe PRAYER of FA | TH shall save him 

and the LORD shall raise him up. 

49 
If he hath committed any sins 
Ja es 515 They all shall be forgiven him, 

What wonderful blessings are our's to receive 

When we have faith and willing obey HIM. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING FOR? 

Do you remember the day you went with friends to the river and 
on your bended knee made a promise before God and those who 
were with you to live and be faithful unto death? Then you were 



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baptized and had your name enrolled on the Book of Life, which no 
one can erase except you. Your name will stay there till you die if 
you stay close to Christ and live for Him. But if you turn away, your 
name will be blotted out. 

Dear ones, that would be sad. So many who made that promise 
have left and gone back into sin and out into a world of darkness. 

We are told as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be when 
Christ comes. Two will be in the field, one will be taken and the 
other left. Can any one imagine how one would feel if he were the 
one left? Be ye ready, the Bible says, in such an hour as you think 
not the Son cometh. Just how do you think you would feel when 
Christ comes to call His own and you were not one of them? You 
are to study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. II 
Timothy 2:15. 

After we go to the house of prayer are we able to remember the 
words we have heard or are our minds so filled with our daily lives 
we don't have any room for the message we have heard? Are we so 
tired when Sunday comes we can't go to church but stay home to 
get a rest so we will be able to go to work Monday morning? To me 
I seem to be at rest when I am in God's house because I know that 
is where He wants me to be. The services are very short compared 
to a day of work. Our Saviour says, "He that hath an ear, let him 
hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches." The Apostle said, 
"Not forsaking the assembling of our selves together, as the 
manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the 
more, as we see the day approaching." 

He knew that when the end comes we will have wars and earth- 
quakes. Nations against nations, and a falling away of those who 
once loved and served the Lord. We see this all about us today. 
Therefore we should work harder, having our things in shape so we 
will be ready for Christ's return. 

I hope we are all working to build one another up, so we can say 
as the Apostle said, I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, 
I am now ready, the time of my departure is at hand. I pray we will 
all work to that end so Christ's name will be honored and glorified. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



HE THAT SHALL ENDURE 

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." 
Matt. 24:13. This verse implies that our Christian life will be no 
picnic. The word "endure" means to remain firm under suffering or 
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without giving in to it. How much suffering for the gospel do we 
see in this nation today? We see very little because we are not 
willing to put ourself in the position to suffer. John the Baptist lost 
his head when he accused the king of adultery: trying to serve the 
God of heaven and the God of this world at the same time. 

Few are willing to suffer for Jesus. We allow ourselves every 
comfort: new homes, new cars, the best of food and everything. Yet 
the church in other parts of the world goes begging. We accuse 
them of being lazy instead of lifting their burdens. Shame on us. 
Are we living life so as to look forward to our heavenly home, or will 
we be sorry to go? Many Christians have an empire set up here, so 
it seems they want to live forever. Yet in such a time as we think not 
He will come and carry us away. Will we be glad to see Him, or will 
it be a shameful time for us? 

This life was only meant to prepare us for the next one. Many 
spend all their time in acquiring riches so that when we depart this 
life we have left much for our children to fight over. Let us spend 
more time preparing for heaven instead of making ourselves more 
comfortable here. In Luke 16 we read of the rich men (whose name 
is not mentioned) and Lazarus. After judgment to those two souls 
Abraham said to the rich man, remember that thou in thy lifetime 
receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now 
he is comforted, and thou art tormented. These words should 
serve as a warning to us that we do not desire the things to give us 
comfort in this life, but we must instead strive to enter in at the 
straight gate, and prepare ourselves for eternal life. 

If we look at our waistlines I wonder what we see. Do we see 
inches added by leisure and a soft life, or do we see muscles 
hardened by hard work? It is not wise to give in to the flesh, for that 
is what Adam and Eve did. 

Lynn Hayes Miller 
RD#2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Some Examples of Conversion 
J. H. Moore 

When Jesus, just before his departure from earth to heaven, sent 
forth his disciples into all the world, to preach the Gospel to every 
creature, he outlined, as given by the different evangelists, in what 
is known as the Great Commission, the entire process of con- 
version. This process consists of hearing the Word preached, of 
believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, of repentance, of being 
baptized, — to be followed by the remission of sins. In Mark 16:15 
the apostles were told to "preach the gospel." This means hearing, 
on the part of those taught. In the next verse we read: "He that 



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He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Maria, his parents, two 
brothers, Lloyd of Wauseon, and Tracy of Holland, Ohio; a sister, 
Lois Yoder of Hicksville, Ohio; nieces and nephews; and his grand- 
mothers, Grace Eby of Wauseon, Ohio and Ruth Steinbrecher of 
Archbold, Ohio and a host of relatives and friends. 



NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Our 1988 Evangelistic Meeting is planned for March 13-27, with 
Bro. Henry Walker as speaker. There will be a Lovefeast service 
beginning 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26th. Come and worship 
with us at anytime. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

... Death is swallowed up in victory. I Corinthians 15:54. 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa congregation will once 
again share His Victory during our Lovefeast service on Easter 
weekend, April 2 and 3. Services begin at 10:45 on Saturday 
morning with communion services that evening. Come and 
worship with us. 

Sister Becky Funk, Cor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The District Meeting for the Second District will be held at the 
Goshen Church on April 1 and 2. Services will start on Friday at 2 
p.m. and evening services at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the business 
meeting will start at 9 a.m. 

We invite you to attend. 

Sister Rebecca Stalter, Cor. 

ANNOUNCEMENT 

The poems of Sis. Irene Stout are now available in the second 
booklet of a projected series of twelve booklets. The title of this 
booklet is Tree of Life - Poems of Love. The first booklet Tree of 
Life - Poems and Prayers are still available. Order from the Editor 
of Bible Monitor. The price is $1.95 per booklet post paid. All 
proceeds go to the Church. 



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believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Here we have faith, 
baptism and pardon, for the term "saved" means pardon, or the 
"remission of sins," as it is stated in another part of the com- 
mission, recorded in Luke 24:47. In the same verse "repentance" is 
given, as a part of the commission, as well as a part of the process 
of conversion. In John 20:23 the promise of pardon, or salvation 
from sins, is stated in this form: "Whose soever sins ye remit, they 
are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are 
retained." By yet adding the part recorded in Matt. 28:19, we have 
the process complete: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost." What follows the process of conversion will be 
found in the next verse: "Teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you." In connection with these 
instructions, Jesus told his faithful apostles, to whom he was 
entrusting the Word, "For John truly baptized with water, but ye 
shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 
1:5). Prior to this time, and before his crucifixion, he told them that 
if he should go away to the Father, he would send them the 
Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit would guide them 
into all truth, and should bring to their remembrance all things 
whatsoever he had taught them (John 14:26; 16:7-13). 

On the Day of Pentecost this promise was fulfilled, and on that 
occasion the apostles were "filled with the Holy Ghost, and began 
to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." 
(Acts 2:4) It will now be well to follow these Spirit-filled men in 
their work, see how they understood their instructions, and 
observe how they performed their duties. Being filled with the 
Spirit, and being led by the Spirit in all they said and did, it is to be 
presumed they did just what the Master intended they should do. 
We shall, therefore, consider a few examples of conversions under 
their instructions. 



OBITUARY 

G. WILLIAM EBY 

Bro. George William Eby, son of George and Marilyn Eby, was 
born on November 19, 1959 near Wauseon, Ohio and passed away 
on November 30, 1987 at his home near West Unity, Ohio at the age 
of 28 years and 1 1 days. 

On August 4, 1979 he was united in marriage to Maria Jo St. 
John. 

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age, and 
was a member of the West Fulton Brethren Church. 

He was well liked by all who knew him, and will be greatly 
missed. 



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VOL. LXVI 



MARCH 15, 1988 



NO. 6 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



CHRIST RECEIVETH SINFUL MEN 

Sinners Jesus will receive; 
Sound this word of grace to all 
Who the heav'nly pathway leave, 
All who linger, all who fall. 

Come, and He will give you rest; 
Trust Him, for His word is plain; 
He will take the sinfulest, 
Christ recetveth sinful men. 

Now my heart condemns me not, 
Pure before the law I stand; 
He who cleansed me from all spot, 
Satisfied its last demand. 

Christ receiveth sinful men, 
Even me with all my sin; 
Purged from ev'ry spot and stain, 
Heav'ns with Him I enter in. 

- Neumaster 



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A GOOD MAN AND HIS SIN 

Noah, a preacher of righteousness, lived in an evil day. The time 
just before the flood was so evii that Jesus spoke of it as being 
comparable to the time just before His Second Coming. Looking at 
our present day we see the breakdown in morals, authority and 
Christianity that would parallel the times just before the flood. It is 
a day when few can be found who are willing to completely follow 
the Bible's teachings. Only eight were saved on the ark. 

Noah built the ark according to the plan given him by God. He 
did not deviate from the pattern in any detail, so the ark became the 
means of his and his family's salvation. If God had not shown 
grace to Noah, he would have been destroyed along with everyone 
else. God's grace would have been unavailing if Noah had not 
been obedient. 

The ark carried Noah's family through the flood. It was no small 
boat. It was large enough not only to accommodate all the animals 
which were aboard but also all their provisions. This vessel was 
sea worthy because of the type of wood used and the pitch used to 
chink it. All of these details were necessary to make it the ark of 
safety it proved to be. Today men would be wise if they would be 
as careful, as Noah was, in building their spiritual arks according to 
God's plan. 

Noah and his family survived the flood and destruction around 
them. Those who had paid no attention to Noah's preaching and 
practice tried in vain to escape the flood. Those who had ridiculed 
his predictions of rain now tried to escape that rain, in vain for, then 
as now, when God's time had come it was too late for men to 
change the course of events. It was too late to make the decisions 

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that should have been made while Noah was preaching. The ark 
that would be Noah's salvation would be the damnation of those 
who refused to heed, The Christ, who has provided salvation for 
those who will accept and follow Him, will be the means of 
judgment and damnation for those who reject Him or only follow 
Him in a half-hearted way. 

It was five months before the waters receeded so Noah and his 
family and the animals could return to the dry earth. Noah realized 
what had been done for him and appreciated it. His first act after 
leaving the ark was to offer a sacrifice to God. He realized that 
without God's Grace he would have had no plan by which to build 
the ark. Without the Grace of God there would have been no 
perfect sacrifice offered for our redemption nor plan plainly set out 
in God's Word whereby we could be saved. 

Noah became a husbandman, growing plants and enjoying the 
fruit of those plants. He began to cultivate the vine. It produced an 
abundant crop. To preserve it the grapes were turned into juice 
and, consiously or unconsciously, allowed to ferment. Noah began 
to drink this fermented drink. Perhaps like many today who call 
themselves "social drinkers" he thought he could enjoy a few sips 
but then as now, the few sips led to more and more. Eventually 
Noah enjoyed it to such an extent that he became drunken. In one 
of these drunken times he was naked in his tent. There was 
perhaps more to his nakedness than is told but here we see a good 
man, a preacher of righteousness, engaged in sin. Perhaps being 
in his tent he thought no one would ever know what was going on. 
But sin always comes to light some time. His son Ham saw him. He 
made no effort to cover Noah but went to tell his brothers about it. 
He made light of what he had seen. His brothers, without looking, 
covered their father. 

Noah's experience should serve as a warning to all Christians. 
He had been saved through the flood. The Christian has been 
through the waters of baptism that symbolically compare to the 
flood. Although Noah had performed great service for God he still 
fell in a moment of weakness. Christians today are in great danger 
of repeating Noah's experience. They may serve God through 
many activities. They may be extraordinary students of the Bible. 
They may be faithful prayer warriors. But they still may in 
moments of weakness fall into sin. 

It is easier to condemn a Noah or even a modern day fallen 
Christian than it is to live a life without spot or blemish. The Bible 
does not overlook Noah's sin and today's sins cannot be over- 
looked — they must be forgiven. 

Are you like Noah? Have you done much good but yet in an 
unguarded moment sin has come? Recover yourself and ask God's 



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forgiveness and go on your way seeking to do better. 

SIN 

"Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and 
by it slew me." Rom. 7: 11. 

Christians, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed 
lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? 
Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little 
foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock 
which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not 
continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It 
girded the Redeemer's head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It 
made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh 
the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a 
serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin 
as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be 
"exceeding sinful." 

C. H. Spurgeon 

Selected by Lynn H. Miller 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"So, what does God expect?" 

We live in a world of expectations. The world expects us to live 
by their rules. There are social expectations, parental expec- 
tations, employment expectations, often we complain about many 
of the things others expect us to do. But the key to being free to 
live our lives is found in the fact that we are not put on the earth to 
live up to everyone's expectations... especially where the world is 
involved. We are put here to serve God, not just with eyeservice, as 
men-pleasers, but from the heart. (Eph. 6:6-8) 

God also has some expectations of us. They are only those 
which will help us to achieve our highest potential as the indi- 
viduals He created us to be... so that we will be best able to glorify 
Him. 

So, what does God expect? 

Our Father's expectations for us are for our own good rather than 
for His selfish benefit... as men's expectations are. 

First, He expects us to become friends with Him. (I John 1:7) 
Consider your relationship with Him for a moment. Do you 
REALLY know Him? Are you consciously trying to please Him? 
Jer. 9:23 and 24 tells us that we are not to glory in our own wisdom 
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know Him requires frequent communication (prayer). To under- 
stand someone is to study them. This requires an attitude of God- 
awareness at all times. Prayer may be verbal or nonverbal and if we 
are truly God-aware, it might be conscious or unconscious... just 
living in His presence at all times. If we have a good friend our 
attitude toward that individual is supportive and considerate. We 
don't do things in their presence that offends them. This should be 
our goal in being a friend of God. As we become more and more 
conscious of His continual presence, we will stop doing those 
things that are offensive to Him. 

We are to obey His commandments. (I Peter 2:2-3) As we spend 
more time in God's Word, communicating with Him, and we 
become true friends with God, we develop the desire and the ability 
to follow the guidelines for living which are explained in the Bible. 
As we walk in the Spirit, we find that we will not fulfill the natural 
desires of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16) And because God's rules are given 
to us out of love, following His guidelines will result in a more 
abundant life. 

God expects us to become more and more like Christ. (Eph. 
3:16-20) While living on this earth, Jesus experienced the same 
kinds of pressures that we do today. He knew what it was like to 
have others expect Him to fit different roles. He was kept busy. He 
was tempted by the Devil... as we are. Yet Christ never forgot to 
spend time with His Father. He was obedient even to the cross. As 
a result, His Father was able to say, "This is My beloved Son." 

God expects us to live one day at a time. (Prov. 27:1) While we 
are to plan ahead and be prepared to be good stewards of our time 
here on earth, we only have NOW as a certainty. Christ may return 
at any time to gather us unto Himself. Therefore what we plan to 
do we should be working on NOW. We are not to waste time 
worrying about our future but are to work toward high achievement 
for the Lord each day. 

God expects our lives to be full of joy. (Ps. 118:24) We are to be 
"happy on our way." I believe we are also to be as intensely 
energetic as is physically possible for us. 

Have you laughed today? Just how often do you find yourself 
laughing out of pure enjoyment... just because you are alive and 
you are Christ's? When we get so busy with an overloaded 
schedule that the sound of our own laughter is almost foreign to 
our ears... we need priority reconstruction in our lives. Sometimes 
it just seems that too many things are going wrong to be able to 
laugh so we over-react and become sour and reclusive. We need to 
take time to smell the roses along the way! We must relax now and 
then and take in deep breaths of the fresh fragrant air that God has 
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understand that God is in control and we can lay our burdens upon 
Him. 

If you look around you, you will find that there are always those 
who have greater problems than you do... those who are less 
fortunate, dying, deserted, beaten, trodden down. There are those 
with similar problems and limitations. You, as a part of the Body of 
Christ, are in the midst of a supportive community if you reach out 
to your brothers and sisters. And don't forget to look up. God is 
there. He loves you and cares. He can see the future and He knows 
how all of this is going to come out. TRUST HIM! How can you 
lose? "This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and 
be glad in it." Today was made for joy and that is what God expects 
of you. 

We can never function at our fullest until we understand the 
expectations of those around us and this is also true of those 
required by our God. Once we begin to fulfill God's expectations 
for us we will find that we are actually able to fulfill many of our 
own expectations. God's expectations for us are realistic and for 
our own good. Come to life in this adventure on Earth. Move 
toward the objective of fulfilling God's expectations for you. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

On The Day of Pentecost 
J. H. Moore 

We notice first the conversion of the three thousand on the Day 
of Pentecost. On this occasion there was a clear manifestation of 
the presence of God. This was evidenced by the appearance of the 
"cloven tongues like as of fire," and the ability of the apostles to 
preach the Word, so that the people of different nationalities could 
hear what was said in their own language. We are not told how 
much preaching was done, or how much ground was covered in 
the addresses delivered. 

But sufficient was said to give the people to understand that they 
had sinned, and that there was salvation only in and through the 
name of Jesus. Hundreds of them were pierced in the heart by 
what was said, and in the midst of Peter's sermon said, right out in 
the meeting, "Men and brethren, what shall we do" (Acts 2:37)? 
There was enough in the preaching, regarding duty, to indicate 
that something must be done. This was Peter's opportunity. He 
had just received his instructions from the Master, and on this 
occasion, speaking as he was moved by the Holy Spirit, was 
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In verse 38 we have these words: "Then Peter said unto them, 
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost." In this answer we have clearly specified every point 
presented by the Master, when he sent forth his disciples to preach 
the Gospel. 

To start with, we have the preaching of the Word, followed by 
sufficient faith to prompt inquiry after the way of salvation. Faith, 
though not mentioned, is implied, or understood; otherwise the 
men, pricked in the heart, would never have asked the question 
they did. Peter's answer, which followed, contains repentance, 
baptism, the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, — the 
very points contained in the commission. The expression, 
"Baptized... in the name of Jesus Christ," evidently means "into the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," for this 
is the way the Master had told his disciples to administer the rite, 
and it is unreasonable to suppose that, guided by the Spirit, they 
would go contrary to the instructions received. 

Since Jesus incorporated the hearing of the Word, faith, repent- 
ance, baptism and the remission of sins, in his last commission to 
his apostles, and since these apostles, guided by the Spirit, named 
all these points, when instructing the first applicants following the 
receiving of their instructions, it certainly must be evident that this 
is just what they understood the Master to teach. And since they 
thus understood the commission, it certainly follows that this must 
be its real meaning. There is no reasonable way of escaping this 
conclusion. 



THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

NON-RESISTANCE 
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I Thess. 5:17 CHRISTIANS are to be a peaceful people 

Phillip. 4:8 Lovingly, kind-hearted and true, 

Matt. 7:12 We are taught to do unto others 

As you would have others do unto you. 

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Matt. 5:44 We are taught to love our enemies 

Luke 6:27 Do good to them that hate you, 

o^.oa 0n the CROSS, JESUS gave us an example 



Forgive, for they know not what they do. 



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52 

In the practice of non-resistance 

■ , ^ on If someone takes of your cloak, 

LuKe b.^y ^ . . y , .. 

Do not make an issue of it 

But, also, give him your coat. 

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If someone smites you on the cheek 
Luke 629 Don't smite back, but turn your face, 

Offer to him your other cheek 
He's apt to walk away in disgrace. 

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If someone really forces you 

To walk with him a mile, 
Keep right on walking with him 

The SECOND MILE, with a SMILE. 



Mark 5:44 



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CHRISTIANS will not go to war 
Rev 13 . 1Q If they are living out GOD'S WORD, 

For the BIBLE plainly tells us 
We are not to take the SWORD. 

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Exodus 20:13 . . . The commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill" 

Romans 13:9 Strictly forbids us to take a life, 

James 3:14 When we live a life of NON-RESISTANCE 

Romans 13:13 ... We oppose all war and strife. 

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We are not to be over come of evil 
Gal. 5:25 But overcome evil with good, 

and In ourselves we maybe can't do it 

Romans 12:21 But, if we'd obey the SPIRIT, we could. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 

ACCEPTING GOD'S WILL FOR OUR LIVES 

James 4:15-16, "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall 
live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all 
such rejoicing is evil." 

I Corinthians 12:11, "But all these worketh that one and selfsame 
Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." 

Romans 6:22, "But now being made free from sin, and become 
servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end 
everlasting life." 

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understanding we have. But of two things we are sure from our 
study of scripture. The first is that God never infringes upon our 
free will. The second is that God has a sovereign will for His 
children in the Faith. We could add a third, and that is when man 
seeks his own will he will lose the blessing of God on his life. 

Out of the popular positive thinking theology, which has as its 
central theme self love and self esteem, has come the idea of 
seeking your potential. While it is true that we are to be all that God 
desires us to be, this is far different from seeking the potential for 
my life. We have come to the point in our life that we desire to allow 
God full control of our life. This is not an easy task. Self pride and 
self desire are strong realities within the life of an individual. We all 
have our dreams of success in one area or another. But that may 
not be the will of God for our lives. To realize that everything truly 
works out for good if we are in the will of God is easier expressed 
than accepted. For instance, if it is God's will for this article to 
appear in the Bible Monitor it will be there. But if it should not be 
accepted for printing (of course you would never know about this) 
can I accept THAT as the will of God? 

Our opening verse found in the book of James deals directly with 
this matter. While the context is individuals going into a city to buy 
and sell for a year and get gain, we believe it also deals with matters 
much more serious. We believe that many individuals have seen 
their potential to be such things as politicians, sports stars, movie 
stars, and many other life goals which are attained through 
struggle and hard work but lost the blessing of God upon their lives 
for failing to be what He desired of them. There are even those who 
become preachers, teachers, and missionaries who did not have 
the blessing of God on their lives because this was their potential in 
life and not what God's sovereign will for their life was. In many, 
perhaps most or even all, of these cases the individuals received 
much glory and honour from their human supporters but they 
failed to give God the honour and glory He deserves and demands. 
While ministers, teachers, or missionaries are not infallible, they 
cannot teach or preach false doctrine and still have the blessing of 
God upon their life. This brings us to our second verse in our 
study, found in I Corinthians. 

This verse follows the listing of some of the gifts of the Spirit, a 
very controversial issue which we will not deal with in this study. 
What we wish to deal with is the fact that it is the Spirit that gives 
these gifts to individuals as HE sees fit. There is no hint of the 
thought that we are to seek these gifts because we see a human 
potential in ourselves. Paul does say in I Corinthians 12:31 "But 
covet earnestly the best gifts:..." But he has taken an entire chapter 
(which of course was not in the original writing) to show that these 



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gifts are not something that is to be boasted about and that "there 
should be no schism in the body;..." (verse 25) I may very well have 
the talent or ability to speak well before a group. But that does not 
necessarily mean that God has given me one of the speaking gifts. 
On the other hand an individual may be "slow of speech" and be 
given the gift of preaching or teaching. God loves to use broken 
vessels for His glory and seldom uses man's natural ability. Of 
course, God will never give a gift to an individual that is contrary to 
His Written Word. 

Our third verse in this study, found in the book of Romans, tells 
us that those that are free from sin have become servants to God. 
In the modern church movement we sometimes wonder who is the 
servant and who is the one that is serving. It is very popular today 
to claim that God has put his blessing on ourefforts. We hear how 
God blessed human efforts of feeding the hungry, clothing the 
naked, and giving hospitality to strangers. We believe God's 
children should be involved in all of these things and that they are 
commanded in scripture. But if this is the end result we seriously 
doubt that God's blessing is upon it. As our verse of study states 
we are to have our "fruit unto holiness." Of course if holiness is not 
a part of our life we cannot be expected to share it with others. With 
the propogation of the unscriptural teaching, "Doctrine divides, the 
Spirit unites," true holiness is being lost in the earthly church. 
Certainly doctrine divides, it divides truth from error, but the Holy 
Spirit never unites the true with the false. 

The final phrase in our study verse assures us that if we become 
servants of God, accept His will for our lives, we are assured 
everlasting life. No life ever ends. But "life" in the suffering of Hell 
is seen as "death" in the eyes of God. Have you accepted the gift of 
eternal life by accepting the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the 
waters of baptism? If so, have you truly accepted God's will for 
your life? The answer to these two questions have eternal 
consequences. Let each of us search our own heart for the answer. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 15, 1928 
JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER 

F. B. Surbey 

The International Sunday School lessons for six months are 
taken from the Life of Jesus as recorded by Mark. While Jesus is 



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the central figure of these lessons, we must not overlook that great 
character — John the Baptist — spoken of in the first lesson. He 
was a great character because of his preparation, and because of 
his mission, and because of his life. 

God had a hand in the selection and preparation of John. The 
Holy Prophets of old foretold his coming. His parents were both 
righteous before God, walking in the commandments and ordi- 
nances of the Lord blameless. Their prayers were heard, and the 
angel Gabriel sent to announce to them the birth of a son who 
should be great in the sight of the Lord, and filled with the Holy 
Ghost. This preparation of John very nicely illustrates the 
preparation the Sunday School teacher of today should have. 

The teacher whose selection has been directed by God, who has 
righteous parents, and who is filled with the Holy Spirit, has the 
foundation necessary for a good teacher. 

John's mission was to prepare the way of the Lord, to herald the 
coming of One mightier than he, to preach repentance and 
baptism, to tell men that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and to 
point out to them the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the 
world. 

The Sunday School teacher also, must prepare the way for Christ 
in the hearts of the pupils, The rough places in their lives must be 
made smooth, and the crooked ways made straight. The evil of 
selfish inclinations and the worldly sins must be pointed out to 
them, and their results made known in such a way as to bring 
sorrow and repentance. Moral and Christian character must be 
developed by teaching honesty, purity, loyalty, humility, service, 
sacrifice, and the Christian graces of love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. 
Then they must be told that the kingdom of heaven is at hand now, 
and must be shown the way into the kingdom. Jesus must be 
pointed out to them not only as king of this kingdom but as king of 
our lives and the Savior of the world. 

John's humility, obedience, and sacrifice are examples of the life 
the Sunday School teacher must live. He must live the simple life in 
all its phases so that he will not be overcome by the temptations of 
vanity, wealth and fame, but will rather be charmed by the desert 
atmosphere of meditation and communion with God. Neither must 
he forget his humility by seeking self-glory and esteem from the 
pupils. John, like all great men, put the cause he represented 
above himself. He said, "He must increase but I must decrease." 
So must the teacher consider himself nothing that Christ may 
become everything. 

God approved the work of John, by sending Jesus to him to be 
baptized. Jesus compliments John by saying, "But what went ye 



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out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more 
than a prophet." "For I say unto you, among those that are born of 
women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." 

John sacrificed, was imprisoned, and died a martyr for the cause. 
How does our service and sacrifice compare with his? Do the 
pupils know that the kingdom of heaven is at hand? Are they 
following the Lamb of God? What can Jesus say of us and our 



work? 



LIFE'S PATHWAY 

So many times in life I have wondered if there was an easy way 
on the pathway of life, as we travel every day. But the blessed Word 
of God tells us there is only one way — the straight and narrow 
way. But few travel it. There is a broad way that leads to 
destruction. Many will be on that road. So many think they know a 
way that is easier, but they find as they journey along, heartaches, 
sickness, pain, many trials and crosses too hard to bear. 

Jesus is the only way. He leads to Heaven. Sometimes the path 
seems very steep. We think of our loving Saviour, as He tried to 
carry the cross, how hard it must have been. But He was doing it 
for you and me. 

Many today have traveled life's pathway with a heavy load and 
many trials came as they traveled. If they would ask the Lord for 
help and guidance, He would help them. 

As one thinks of the reward at the end, the path grows so much 
lighter. Let us never grow weary or faint by the way, let us put our 
trust and faith in Jesus and stay steadfast and true to the One who 
died for us. He will make our life lighter and guide us to the end of 
life's pathway. Let us stay on the road that is narrow, the one that 
leads to the Pearly Gates, where Jesus is waiting to greet all the 
faithful. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 
COMPANIONSHIP WITH GOD 

Let us be mindful of the many good things that come from 
Almighty God. Starting in the Garden of Eden He created Adam 
from dust of the earth and said it was good. Then He breathed into 
his nostrils the breath of life and pronounced it good. Then from 
Adam he made a helpmate for him and named her Eve. He pro- 
nounced His accomplished labor not only good but very good. 

Every thing was good till Satan appeared with his deceitfulness 
and deceived Eve then Adam to disobey God's commandment. 
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victory with his deceitfulness. Satan had once been an angel of 
light in Heaven. God conquered him and cast him down. Upon the 
earth he won many victories in the time of the old dispensation. 
However the time came when the stain of sin was removed only by 
Christ the beloved Son of God. God so loved the world that He 
gave His only begotten Son for our redemption from sin. 

Do we appreciate God's blessings as we should? We should let 
nothing separate us from the love of God through Christ our Lord. 
Noah, Elijah and Enoch each walked with God because they 
agreed with God. Walking with God is a wise choice to make. Let 
nothing in this sinful world separate us from it. 

Through His great power we can always have His protection. 
God gave and Christ was willing to lay down His life for us. He 
commanded us to have love. He exemplified it for us when Christ 
was baptized in the River Jordan. A voice came from Heaven 
saying, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." 

Today many professing Christians are not standing against the 
wiles of the devil because they have not put on the whole armour of 
God. 

Jesus said if you love Me keep My commandments. When we 
accept Jesus we also accept the love of God by keeping the 
commandments of the saving Gospel. We show love for both 
Father and Son and extend it to others, those in the Church, also to 
our neighbors, sinners and our enemies. We should set our 
affections on things that are above the perishing things of this 
world. 

Moses said the Lord is my strength and song and He has become 
My salvation. He is my God and I will prepare Him an habitation. 
My father's God and I will exalt Him. We can become a companion 
of our Lord in this life and the eternal life to come. Our actions in 
life are substantia! evidence as to whom we are giving most of our 
time, to God or to Satan. Do our works prove we have the Spirit of 
Christ within us, refering to the life of spirituality, the Trinity, God, 
Christ and the Holy Spirit are one. 

God knows the very intents of our heart. Are we building on the 
solid rock Christ Jesus? Have we made our companionship with 
God from whom all blessings flow? Evil communications corrupt 
good manners. The Psalmist David said in speaking to the Lord, I 
am a companion of all that fear thee and of them that keep thy 
precepts. Evil company is to be wisely avoided by the Christian lest 
he become defiled by them. 

When I was young and accepted Christ as my Saviour it was my 
desire for a companion who lived the plain, simple life, free from 
the fashions of the world. We are to marry only in the Lord. God 
always wanted His people not to become entangled with the yoke 



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of bondage. Two cannot truly walk together except they be 
agreed. If we want to be His disciples we must take up His cross 
and follow Him. 

Whosoever seeth his brother have needs and shuts up his bowels 
of compasion against him how dwelleth the love of God in him. 
Take our hand and lead us Father for we cannot see our way to the 
land where are no storm clouds. How beautiful trying to walk in 
the footsteps of our Saviour, stepping in the light as He is in the 
light. This life will soon be past and only what we have done for 
eternity will last. If we have done the best we can in this life we will 
leave this world deeply indebted to God as we think of God's 
blessed values beyond measure and the stain of sin that was 
removed by Christ the beloved Son of God. 

There are two kinds of love, spiritual and worldly love. Christ 
says that whosoever loves worldly things more than Him is not 
worthy of Him. We cannot be a companion of the Lord and live a 
sinful life. If we remain faithful and true to the Lord He will be our 
never failing companion in our earthly and spiritual needs and in 
the eternal life to come. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

RD 3 Box 509 

York, PA 17402 

IN THE POTTER'S HANDS 

To the Potter's house I went down one day, 
And watched him moulding a vessel of clay, 
And many a wonderful lesson I drew, 
As I noted the process that clay passed through. 

Trampled and broken, downtrodden and rolled, 
To render it plastic and fit for the mold; 
How like to the clay that is human, I thought, 
Which in heavenly hands to God's image is brought. 

There, self must be cast as the dust at His feet, 
Ere man is renewed and for service made meet. 
His pride must be broken; his self-will be lost, 
His self-esteem humbled, whatever the cost; 

And all that he boasted of human display 
Must yield to God's hand and be taken away. 
Then, lo! There appeared a most delicate vase 
Of wonderful beauty and exquisite grace. 

Was this the crude clay to the potter once brought? 
And long by His hands is such constantly wrought? 
So fashioned and formed by His marvellous skill 
To a vessel as planned by His wisdom and will. 



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No longer a trace of the earth or the clay, 
The fires of the furnace had burned them away, 
All praise to the Potter — to Him it is due, 
He is the one who made the vessel so true. 

In His wonderful skill it was fashioned to be 
A vessel of glory which all may see. 
Thus souls lying still and content in God's hand, 
Who do not His wisdom or working withstand, 

Are molded and fitted, a treasure to hold; 
Once clay, now transformed into purest of gold 
And thus God is working in grace day by day, 
Renewing, transforming, and molding His clay. 

Selected from the Baptist Examiner 
by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 

NEWS ITEMS 

1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 4-8, 1988 

The Lord willing 1988 General Conference will be held at 
Roxbury Camp Grounds, Roxbury, Pennsylvania. 
More detailed information will be furnished at a later date. 

NOTICE 

All business for 1988 General Conference must be in the hands 
of the writing clerk by April 15. 

Elder Ray R. Reed 

Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

We are looking forward to a one week revival, April 17 to 24. 
Brother Fred Pifer from Dallas Center, Iowa is planning to be with 
us. Come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

God is so good. He has done so much for us. At this time of year 
all of God's creation seems to be praising Him. Are we who are 
created with a living soul doing the same? Let's just Praise the 
Lord and may He truly revive us again! 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation plans to hold Lovefeast 
services, Saturday, April 23, beginning at 2 P.M. We invite all who 
can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 1988 

April 3- EASTER- John 20:1-31. 

1. What does the resurrection mean to us? I Cor. 15:14. 

2. Is the power of the resurrection real in our lives? Col. 3:1, 
Rom. 6:1-13. 

April 10 - Abraham's Promised Inheritance - Gen. 15:1-21. 

1. What was the secret of Abraham's righteousness? v. 6. 

2. What prophecy is found in verse 13? 

April 17 - Sarah and Hagar - Genesis 16:1-16. 

1 . Do we ever try to "help God" as Sarah did? 

2. Why did God "allow" polygamy in the patriarch's families? 
April 24 -God's Covenant with Abraham -Gen. 17:1-18; 9-14; 15-22. 

1. What was the role of circumcision in God's covenant with 
Abraham? 

2. What are the spiritual applications of circumcision for us 
today? Rom. 2:29; Col. 2:10-11. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1988 

April 3 - Resurrection - John 20:1-31. 

1. How should the resurrection effect us? I Cor. 15:14. 

2. Have you been risen with Christ? - Romans 6:1-13, 
Colossians 3:1. 

April 10 - The ascension - Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11. 

1. Why were the disciples so set on an earthly kingdom? 

2. How is the ascension important to us? John 16:7. 

April 17 - Lord's Supper - Matt. 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 
22:7-22. 

1 . Compare the Passover feast to the Lord's Supper. 

2. What blessings can we receive from the Lord's Supper? 

April 24 - Holy Kiss - Matt. 26:48, Ro. 16:16, I Cor. 16:20, 
II Cor. 13:11-14, I Peter 5:14, I Thess. 5:26. 

1. What is the purpose/value of the holy kiss? 

2. Are we ever guilty of the Judas kiss? Luke 22:47-48. 



Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill 

Union, OH 45322 



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VOL. LXVI 



APRIL 1, 1988 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



AWAKE, O EARTH 

Awake, awake, O earth! Thy many voices raise, 
And let the echoing hills Repeat the note of praise. 
Let all the isles rejoice, Let seas take up the strain, 
Christ from the dead hath come, He lives, He lives again. 

Awake, awake, O earth! Forget the hour of gloom, 
When in thy shudd'ring breast Thy Maker claimed a tomb. 
Put off thy wintry robes For garb of joyous spring, 
Crown thee with lilies fair, To greet the risen King. 

Bring treasures of the field, Bring leaf and blossom sweet, 
Thy choicest and thy best, Before His pierced feet. 
While all thy sons are glad, And tears are put away, 
Let youth and age alike Sing "Christ is ris'n today/' 

Lift up thy gates with praise, And robes of joy put on, 
The Lord of life and death Hath risen to His throne. 
He hath gone up on high, And giveth gifts to men; 
He lives, no more to die, He lives, He lives again. 

- Lucy Randolph Fleming 



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SPRINGTIME, EASTER AND THE RESURRECTION 

Spring has come again to our area. After the cold of the winter, 
the warming of the air and the greening of the vegetation are 
pleasant to behold. The budding and blossoming of the trees give 
promise of another season of fruitful harvest. The ground can be 
prepared as the seedbed of another harvest. It is springtime, the 
earth is awakening to another year of productivity after a season of 
sleep and rest. The winter's cold and inactivity suggests death. 
Spring breaks forth with life. We do not know what lies ahead but 
Spring gives us hope. 

Spring's resurrection gives evidence of life where death has 
been. The birds have returned from their winter vacation in warmer 
climes. The animals have bestired themselves from their dens of 
dormancy. The plants and trees have begun to show signs of 
reviving life. Spring has come and what a difference. Where death, 
decay and dormancy had been, life now abundantly reigns. 

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the events commemorated at 
Easter happened at this very time of the year. Many Bible lessons 
are drawn from nature to illustrate Spiritual lessons for us. Our 
finite minds are better able to grasp that which is related to what we 
understand from nature. Easter is the resurrection, not only of the 
physical body of Jesus, but also of the Spiritual life made available 
to each of us. 

The resurrection would have no meaning or power if it were not 
for the Person involved. Many have died. Good men have been 
martyred but none could die for another. None could bear other's 
sins. None could appease the justice of God. Only Jesus, the only 
begotten Son of God, could accomplish this through His death and 

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resurrection. Being the Son of God, He lived a perfect life on this 
earth unlike any mortal. Being perfect He could offer Himself as a 
sacrifice without spot or blemish. A blemished offering would have 
been unacceptable to God. The gift was great because it was His 
and it was perfect. His gift was more than an agonizing death on 
the cross of Calvary. That gift was the sacrifice for sin but He 
wanted so much more for His children. He wanted a new life and 
victory for them. Victory was won when Jesus arose from the dead. 
He had overcome death, Hell and sin. 

His resurrection is not only His own victory over the devil but it is 
the basis for our victory. We could never be victorious over Satan 
or sin in our own strength or by our own goodness. We need His 
resurrection to bring new life into our dead souls. Without His 
death and resurrection our souls are dead just like the winter. We 
need Spiritual life. 

The rebirth that Jesus told Nicodemus about, was unintelligable 
to him. He could not understand how a person could go through 
the birth process again. Jesus was not speaking of a second 
natural birth. He was speaking of a Spiritual birth. That Spiritual 
birth is only possible through His death and resurrection. We must 
realize that we are lost and displeasing to the God whom we should 
please. Realizing we are lost, we must also realize our only hope is 
Jesus Christ, who can rescue us from our doom. The sins that 
separate us from God must be repented of. There must be a sorrow 
for the sins we have committed in the past and an intense desire to 
not engage in sin any more. We must desire to please God so we 
do not engage in those activities, displeasing to Him. In this 
contrite and sincere state of Spiritual desire we must make a public 
confession of our past rebellion and our present change of course. 
This comes when we are baptized. 

Baptism by trine immersion pictures the resurrection. We are 
immersed in the likeness of his death but we come forth in a 
newness of life showing the power of His resurrection, alive in 
Christ. With the laying on of hands for the indwelling of the Holy 
Spirit, Spiritual life becomes the possession of the one who was 
formerly dead. 

Spring brings a quickening of life all around us. We feel it in the 
air. We see it in the plants and animals. It is a wonderful time of the 
year. 

Easter reminds us of the Gift of God. We realize the enormous 
weight of sin borne by Jesus on the cross. We glory in His victory 
evidenced by His resurrection. It is a glorious reminder. 

As wonderful as Spring is and as glorious as Easter is, the best is 
that resurrection power demonstrated in our personal lives. That is 
the real glory of Easter. 

Do you possess the power of His resurrection in your life? 



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SEEKING HOLINESS 

Every member of the Dunkard Brethren Church faithfully 
promises each year to "work for an increase in holiness, both in 
ourselves and others." Yet our church goes from year to year with 
our teaching and outreach programs operating "about the same as 
last year." Are we diligently working toward an INCREASE in 
holiness? 

Working toward an increase in holiness in ourselves could 
include addressing some of the following concerns. Families need 
strengthening. Young people need reinforcement on Biblical 
Principles. Husbands and wives need bonded together. Indi- 
viduals need deeper commitments to the Lord. Church members 
need to hear and understand clearly the message of the Bible, and 
act on it. The men of our church need encouragement in the 
discipline of such areas as controlling lustful thoughts, getting into 
the Word of God, and proper stewardship of time and finances. 
The women of our church need encouragement in properly 
relating to their husbands, guiding their children, maintaining 
meaningful, consistent daily devotions, and surviving the rigors of 
the daily pressures of life. 

Working toward an increase in holiness in others could address 
such challenges as: visiting or writing letters to prisoners, re- 
building homes in times of natural disaster, or funding valid 
mission efforts. Also, seeing that some refugees will have proper 
food and shelter and hear the Gospel message. Another way 
would be reaching tribes who never heard the Gospel Message 
with the good news that Jesus Saves! 

We need to decide where we wish to be ten years, and fifty years 
from now. I feel strongly that we, as a Denomination, want to be on 
the front lines holding forth the cause of our Lord Jesus Christ until 
His return. 

There is a need for the congregations of our Brotherhood to pull 
together, and to experience more interaction with each other. 
Satan is doing his very best to keep us divided and discouraged. 
Let's take a stand in the face of such temptation, and seek to meet 
needs both of our own members, and of others, working together 
for the furtherance of the Gospel. Not only will we be doing what 
God's Word tells us to do in reaching others for Jesus Christ, but 
we will be developing a sense of unity and bond of fellowship that 
is only found in working together. 

One Biblical method for accomplishing this task can be found in 
Ezra 7:10, which states, 'Tor Ezra had prepared his heart to SEEK 
the law of the Lord, and to DO it, and to TEACH in Israel statutes 
and judgments." We, as a church, need to seek the will of the Lord 
on this matter, do something about it, and then teach the will of the 



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Lord to our people and others. Let us purpose that the members of 
the Dunkard Brethren Church diligently seek out practical ways in 
which we can "work for an increase in holiness, both in ourselves 
and others", addressing such needs as strengthening families, 
reinforcing the belief of young people in the Bible, rebuilding 
homes in times of natural disaster, feeding refugees with both 
physical and spiritual food, or perhaps in some other creative way. 

Brother Robert Lehigh 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUMG PEOPLE 

"Being Unequally Yoked with an Unbeliever" 

The Christian life is designed for oneness... many personalities 
woven together by the harmony of like-mindedness. To be yoked 
with the world and her people is a masquerade in which unity and 
oneness becomes unattainable goals. The Scripture is dogmatic 
about having spiritual, vocational and marriage relationships with 
like-minded Christians. 

II Corinthians 6:14-18 gives us a visual image of a team of oxen 
that are bound together. The Corinthians understood that the Old 
Testament law forbade the practice of yoking together animals of 
different species to draw burdens. (Deut. 22:10) Unequally yoked 
animals can't plow a field efficiently because they pull in different 
ways and to different degrees. Unequally yoked people don't make 
good marriage partners because they are different in important 
ways. A Christian cannot marry a non-Christian and be in the will 
of God. There are no allowances made, no options offered, no 
special cases permitted. Even if the relationship is only a dating 
time and never grows into marriage, you place yourself under the 
influence of a person who, at best, will not aid your growth in the 
Lord. God's detailed effort to explain why He forbide this kind of 
union is illustrated in the contrasting of light and darkness, Christ 
and Satan, righteousness and lawlessness, God's temple and idols. 
Believers and unbelievers are like water and oil... you can never 
successfully mix the two. 

To be unequally yoked in business with a non-Christian partner 
is equally dangerous. It will be impossible to always make wise 
decisions based on Godly convictions when there is another or 
others involved in the decision making process who do not hold the 
same convictions. A good name is rather to be chosen than great 
riches. (Prov. 22:1) In a business, your reputation is no better than 
that of your partners. As long as King Jehoshaphat was alone, he 
made good decisions but when he formed a partnership with 
wicked King Ahab, he severely damaged his reputation. It was then 
that he received the rebuke of God. 

If God has called you to accomplish a certain task, He will give 



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you financial resources to hire the skill and assistance to ac- 
complish what you need to do for success. Business associates 
who are not Christian have different expectations and goals. They 
have different values and ideas on the method of reaching success. 
Have you thought that if God is to chasten an unbelieving business 
associate that you will be chastened along with him because of 
your alignment with him? You get decreased crop yields when you 
plant different kinds of seeds. You get different lastability when 
you combine different kinds of fabrics in sewing. You CAN reduce 
the pressure and aid in success when you are yoked in business 
only with believers. 

To be yoked with a person who has less of a Christian commit- 
ment than you have is to be open to compromise and deterioration 
in holiness. Their goals, prejudices and outlook on life is radically 
different from yours. You are open to influences that can only yield 
regression and conflict. Obviously, a life of separation is not all 
problem free. You just have a greater chance of dependence on 
God when you are allied with those of like convictions and can 
solve problems with harmony and oneness of thought. 

Lets briefly analyze the five rhetorical questions asked in II Cor. 
which shows the absurdity of mixing the spiritual with the 
unspiritual. 

1. WHAT DO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WICKEDNESS HAVE IN 
COMMON? These are fundamentally antagonistic forces and 
cannot be brought into a truly compatible union. 

2. WHAT HARMONY IS THERE BETWEEN CHRIST AND 
SATAN? As Christians, God is our Father and Christ is our life. 
The unbeliever's father is Satan. We are controlled by a different 
power and harmony is unattainable. 

3. WHAT DOES A BELIEVER HAVE IN COMMON WITH AN 
UNBELIEVER? A Christian's citizenship, interest and inheritance 
transcends this world. For the unbeliever, this world is the only 
reality he understands. Thus there is little basis for sharing the 
most basic of life's issues. 

4. WHAT AGREEMENT IS THERE BETWEEN THE TEMPLE OF 
GOD AND IDOLS? Idolators will have no part in God's kingdom. 
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and God's temple and idols are 
incompatible. There can be no common purpose here. 

For ease of identification, please note the following classifi- 
cations: 

unbeliever believer 

Destiny Everlasting judgment Eternal life 

Source of power The flesh God's Spirit 

Source of control Satan God, in Three Persons 



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Status Darkness Light 

Condition Dead In sin Alive in Jesus Christ 

Allegiance Worship the false Worship of the true 

gods of our day and living God 

There is no state of neutrality. Even the moral, upstanding, nice 
guy is in the enemy's camp in the sight of God. Without the 
presence of the Holy Spirit, a non-Christian's mind is hostile 
toward God and is not able to subject itself to the laws of God. 
Ultimately, we must love the unbelievers but we can't be unequally 
yoked with them. God promises to fill any void caused by spiritual 
separation with Himself. Claim the promise. 

Brother Len Wertz 



THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

LAYING ON OF HANDS 

58 
Man in himself is mortal and weak 
., p c 17 He is human, but not divine 

" UOr " ' When he accepts CHRIST as his MASTER 

HE changes his life for all time. 

59 

Matt. 3:16 With a person in the water upon his knees 

Acts 8:38 . Being baptized for the forgiveness of sin 

HANDS ARE LAID UPON HIS HEAD 
PRAYER is made for the SPIRIT to come in. 

60 

Heb. 6:1-2 The doctrine of THE LAYING ON OF HANDS 

Acts 6:3-8 Should be practiced in our day, 

When men are called into CHURCH OFFICE, 
The BIBLE teaches, 'THAT'S THE WAY." 

61 
In being obedient to GOD'S WORD 
■ -p. ... SPIRITUAL gifts are given to man, 

Prophesying, preaching, teaching 
All is according to GOD'S plan. 

62 
When the ELDERS, MINISTERS, DEACONS 

Acts 6"3-8 Are chosen to work f° r the LORD, 

Hands are laid upon their heads 
In OBEDIENCE to GOD'S WORD. 



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NON SWEARING 
63 

Rom. 6:4 As we walk in newness of life 

We are not to take an oath, 

Matt. 5:36 We are not to hold up our right hand 

And swear, "We are telling the truth." 

64 

Matt. 5:37 Our "ayes" are to be "ayes", our "nays", "nays" 

Col. 3:9 The truth we are always to speak, 

Titus 2 - 7 ^ Christian should live such a life 

That others, the same life would seek. 

65 
Matt 5'44 Neither should we use profanity 

We are admonished, "Swear not at all", 
p . A-g Our speech should be pure and clean 

Wholesome words from our tongue should 
fall. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 

NO ATONEMENT — NO ASSURANCE 

"Jesus is A son of God, not THE Son of God, and if we try hard 
enough, we can be like Him in every aspect." This belief is peddled 
door-to-door by a certain group. Another such group says "God 
was once as we are now, and is an exalted man." This same group 
--has very confusing beliefs about Jesus, which apparently are 
designed to downgrade Jesus and to prove that man. can earn his 
own salvation. They do not believe in justification by faith in Christ 
and His atoning blood. 

If there were no Jesus, then there would be no atonement, and if 
there were no atonement, there'd be no assurance of salvation. 
The word 'atonement' means "the bringing together of two who 
have been enemies into a relationship of peace and friendship." 
This reconciliation is made possible because of Jesus. "And all 
things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus 
Christ." II Cor. 5:18a. Because of sin, we deserve to die, but Jesus 
became our substitute and took on Himself the penalty which was 
rightfully ours. 

Salvation is God's gift to us and it can't be earned. See Eph. 
2:8-9. If it were possible to earn salvation, Jesus wouldn't have had 
to die for us. But He did have to die, and He did have to atone for 
our sins in order to meet God's requirements. "Neither is there 
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, 
given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. No one, 
not even the hpst nprsnn in thp world, could atone for our sins. It 



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had to be Jesus. 

"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but 
also for the sins of the whole world." I John 2:2. We can go to 
Church, be baptized, live a good life, and so forth but unless we've 
received Jesus as God intended, our own good works are meaning- 
less. None of this, no matter how good, can atone for our sins. It 
all depends on Jesus and there is no atonement for anyone's sin 
without Him. 

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we 
might be made the righteousness of God in him." II Cor. 5:21. The 
reason Jesus was able to atone for our sins and make peace with 
God for us is because He is sin-free now and always has been. 
Jesus is the only one who could meet the requirements of purity, 
holiness, sinlessness. Because Jesus gave His life for us, we can 
be forgiven and receive His righteousness. Again, without Him, we 
are nothing and "all our righteousness are as filthy rags." (Isa. 64:6) 

"Without the shedding of blood there is no remission" of sin 
(Heb. 9:22). When our sins are remitted, they have been canceled, 
pardoned, forgiven. They no longer stand between us and God. 
Sin won't go away by itself; it must be dealt with, and God took care 
of the problem through the atoning blood of Christ. God cannot 
accept us in our sinful state, but when the blood of Christ has been 
applied to our hearts and we are cleansed, then we can be His. 

I John 1:7 says "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us 
from all sin." This is a promise good for all time because it is 
present tense — for right now. The effectiveness of Jesus' blood 
has not diminished with time. He made the sacrifice, once and for 
all, and it takes care of all sin, not just certain ones or certain 
amounts. 

If you will read Romans 5:1-11, you will see that God's love is the 
reason for our salvation. If you will read John 3:16, you will find the 
same thing. Salvation is not man's idea. Man would be quite 
contented to go on in sin, doing whatever he pleases, but God in 
His loving mercy wants us to be set free from sin. He wants us to be 
reconciled to Him, and that is why Jesus died on the Cross to make 
the atonement for us. God's love makes it possible for us to 
believe, to have peace with Him and within our hearts. None of this 
can be earned; it is a gift of God's love. 

"Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1:17. Various 
religious groups (not Christian) present lies instead of truth and 
make their own rules for achieving favor with God. But we must 
accept God's way for reconciliation, not attempt to make our own 
way. With Jesus, there is atonement for sin, and with atonement, 
there is assurance of salvation. This is God's way and it is the only 
way to peace with Him, a fact no man can change. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 1, 1928 

THE LORD'S SUPPER 

Reuben Shroyer 

"Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry 
one for another." (I Cor. 1 1 :34) 

That there is an ordinance in the church called the Lord's Supper 
is admitted by all Bible readers. The church at Corinth came 
together to eat the Lord's Supper. (I Cor. 11:20) True it is that their 
eating of it was irregular and Paul reproves them for it. For in 
eating everyone taketh before other his own supper. (Verse 21) 
Paul teaches them in the text when they come together to eat they 
should wait one on the other and thus not come together and eat 
the Lord's Supper in such a disorderly manner and bring condem- 
nation upon themselves. God is a God of order, and in keeping the 
ordinances of His house it should be done in order. 

There are those who believe and practice that the Lord's Supper 
is the bread and cup. This position, we maintain, is not in harmony 
with teachings of the Word. The Lord's Supper is a full meal to be 
eaten in the assembly of the Lord's people BEFORE and in 
connection with the loaf and cup. "And he took bread and gave 
thanks and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body 
which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise 
also the cup AFTER SUPPER..." (Luke 22:19-20) Paul, in his letter 
to the church at Corinth, tells them how Jesus did, and he says: "I 
received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you." (I Cor. 
11:23) Here Paul gives his authority. THE LORD. "The Lord Jesus 
the same night in which he was betrayed took bread, and when he 
had given thanks he brake it and said: take, eat; this is my body 
which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me. In like 
manner also the cup AFTER SUPPER." Notice, this was done after 
supper. (I Cor. 11:24-25) Here we have Luke and Paul teaching 
exactly what we contend for. The Supper was a MEAL and the 
bread and wine were taken AFTER SUPPER. The above clearly 
shows that the bread and cup are not the Lord's Supper, for how 
could they be the Supper and be taken AFTER SUPPER? Let us 
examine still further and see what Matthew, Mark and John say: 
"And as they were EATING, Jesus took bread and blessed it and 
brake it and gave it to the Disciples, and he took the cup and gave 
thanks." (Matt. 26:26-27) "And as they did eat Jesus took bread, 
and he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to 
them." (Mark 1 4:22-23) John tells us that the Supper was prepared. 
How Jesus rises FROM SUPPER and washed his Disciples' feet. 
Afterwards he tells how Christ sat down to the table again and ate 



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this very meal with his Disciples that Matthew and Mark tell about. 
To show that it was the same meal, please note the following: 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." 
(John 13:21) "Verily, I say unto you, one of you which eateth with 
me shall betray me." (Mark 14:18) "Verily, I say unto you, that one 
of you shall betray me." (Matt. 26:21) At the same time and meal 
the traitor is pointed out "He it is to whom I shall give a sop when I 
have dipped it." (John 13:26) "It is one of the twelve that dippeth 
with me in the dish." (Mark 14:20) "He that dippeth his hand with 
me in the dish." (Matt. 26:23) Again at this same meal and time he 
tells Peter he will deny him. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the cock 
shall not crow till thou hast denied me thrice." (John 13:38) "And 
Jesus saith unto him, verily I say unto thee that this day, even this 
night before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice." (Mark 
14:30) The above circumstances are related by all three of the 
evangelists as occurring immediately after Christ had eaten this 
meal with his disciples, and after eating the meal took the bread 
and cup. From the above it is evident fact that the bread and cup 
ARE NOT THE LORD'S SUPPER. Nowhere in the Bible are they 
called the Lord's Supper. 

If the bread and cup are not the Lord's Supper, WHAT ARE 
THEY? "The cup of blessing which we bless is it not the 
communion of the body of Christ." (I Cor. 10:26) Paul clearly 
teaches that the bread and cup are the COMMUNION. We partake 
of them in commemoration of the death and sufferings of Christ. 

In our investigations on the subject we have the following 
summary: 

1. There is a Lord's Supper. 

2. The bread and cup are nowhere called the Lord's Supper in the 
Scriptures. 

3. The bread and cup are called the communion. 

4. The bread and cup were taken after supper. (Luke 22:19; I Cor. 
11:25) 

5. The bread and cup cannot be the Lord's Supper, and be 
TAKEN AFTER SUPPER. 

Then as the inspired writers teach us about the Supper, and 
communion, and feet washing, and teach it as being in connection 
with the communion. Who would have the power to change them? 
Disregard them? Either of them? John, referring to the circum- 
stances of the evening when Christ instituted these ordinances, 
says: "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 

The bread and cup, cannot be the Lord's Supper, all those who 
partake of the bread and cup ONLY surely have no Lord's Supper. 
If Paul would reprove the church at Corinth for eating the Lord's 
Supper out of order, what would he say today of a church that does 



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not keep the Lord's Supper at all? 

It is argued by many that this meal which Christ ate with his 
disciples was the Jewish Passover. Luke calls this meal SUPPER. 
"Likewise also the cup after supper." John calls it supper, and says 
it was before the Passover feast. Now before the feast of the 
Passover, he rises from supper. Paul called it a supper. In the 
same manner also the cup AFTER SUPPER. (R.V.) 

Let us examine and see if the Passover had yet been kept. After 
Christ ate this meal with his disciples, he goes to the Garden of 
Gethsemane and prayed to his Father. Here he was met by Judas, 
with a multitude, with swords and staves. (Mark 14:13) They took 
him first to Annas, then to Caiaphas, and from Catiaphas to the 
judgment hall. "Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of 
judgment, and it was early. And they themselves went not into the 
judgment hall, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat 
the Passover." (John 18:28) This was early in the morning and 
Christ had eaten the supper the evening before. Again Pilate went 
out to them and asked: "What accusation bring ye against this 
man?" He goes out the second time and says: "I find in him no fault 
at all, but ye have a custom that I should release unto you one at 
the Passover. Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of 
the Jews?" Then cried they all again, saying: "Not this man, but 
Barrabas." (John 18:38-40) 

The above makes it clear that the meal, which Christ ate with his 
disciples was not the Passover. 

The Passover did not occur until the next evening. In point of 
time, twenty-four hours after Christ ate the supper with his 
disciples. Paul tells the church at Corinth, "When ye come 
together to eat." Eat what? Why, the Lord's Supper. 

When ye come together to eat the Lord's Supper, tarry one for 
the other. 

After eating the supper, then partake of the communion and 
shew forth his death and sufferings. 

May we always earnestly contend for the Faith once delivered 
unto the Saints. 

OBITUARY 

CLYDE SCHULTZ 

Bro. Clyde Eugene Schultz was born August 13, 1905, at St. Paul, 
Minnesota and passed away January 29, 1988 at Turlock, Cali- 
fornia at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 16 days. 

He was married to Zetta Shotwell, December 24, 1924 at Doxey, 
Oklahoma. Clyde and Zetta resided in Glendora, California where 
he worked in the citrus producing and packing industry for twenty 



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years. In 1944 he moved with his wife and three children to 
Turlock, California where he was a foreman and carpenter for 
thirteen years. They moved to Van Nuys, California in 1957, where 
he worked for Western Hydraulics. After retiring in 1967 they 
moved back to Turlock where he spent the remainder of his life. 

Bro. Clyde was baptized in 1922 and later was ordained a Deacon 
in the Church of the Brethren. He became a member of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church in 1944 and was ordained a Minister and 
later an Elder. He was faithful in his Christian life. 

Bro. Clyde and Sis. Zetta were supporters of the Torreon Navajo 
Mission at Cuba, New Mexico. They sponsored a Navajo boy at the 
Mission School. They had taken supplies to Torreon several years. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Zetta, three children: 
Eleanor Hendrickson of Turlock, California; Evelyn Fullerton of 
Montrose, Colorado and Claude Schultz of Turlock, California, one 
foster son, Jerry Carr of Fresno, California, ten grandchildren and 
nine great-grandchildren. 

His love and concern for his neighbors and friends is well known. 
He leaves a memory to his Church of his faithfulness to the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. His family will remember him as a loving husband, 
father, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

Funeral services were held February 2, 1988 at the Pleasant 
Home Dunkard Brethren Church. Elder Rudy Cover assisted by 
Bro. Michael Wray conducting the services. Interment was in the 
Turlock Memorial Park Cemetery with Elder Hayes Reed con- 
ducting the graveside service. 

CARD OF THANKS 
The family wishes to express their thanks for the help given them 
during his illness at the hospital and during the present time of 
bereavement. 



BRIGHT DAY 

Every morning when I awake, I thank the Dear Lord for another 
night of rest and for the light of another day, and His loving 
protection during the night. Everyone should start his day this 
way. Then the day will be bright and beautiful. It may be raining, 
the sun may be shining, but that talk with Jesus will lighten our 
burdens during the day. Our Blessed Saviour is so wonderful to 
His dear children. All the things He gives us are free like the 
beautiful sunrise and the glorious sunset. 

Let us not worry about things that may never come, but let us 
meet each day secure in the knowledge God is always near to lead 



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and protect us each step of the way. If we want to be happy let us 
look to Him in faith believing and He will help us. When doubt 
arises and fear dismays, He has promised to always be near. 

Years ago I was told by a dear one how lonely she was when she 
had to leave and be far away from the dear brothers and sisters in 
Christ, because of illness in the family. For weeks and months she 
was so lonely, finally some of the dear ones came to see her. She 
said no one will ever know what joy there is when some of God's 
children come to see and visit the lonely. She said then she began 
to think we are never alone when we belong to Christ as He is 
always near and is so wonderful when we feel so alone. 

If you know Him and love Him and do His blessed will He will 
help you have a bright day. Many missionaries go far from their 
native land. They are never alone because they are helping others 
to find the Lord Jesus Christ. Their days are filled with sunshine, 
never longing for their homeland for their work among the heathen 
saving souls and labouring for the Master is very real to these dear 
ones. Pray for those who are carrying forth the Gospel, help them 
to lighten some poor soul so they too can see a brighter day ahead. 

Let each of us put our future in the hands of the Lord Jesus 
Christ and sooner or later, we will see that bright day and be able to 
see our Blessed Lord. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



GRANDPA WEIMER AT THE PUMP 

The Plevna Church in Indiana was my home church when I was 
growing up. The church has a full basement and sits up off the 
ground. In the back of the church there are two classrooms. 
Outside of the one classroom and to the south is the old pump 
which was a favorite spot for many and a good place to get a drink. 

One day, I cannot remember how old I was but perhaps a pre- 
teen, I was passing through the south classroom and looked out 
the window. As I looked, down there were Grandpa Weimer and 
two other brethren. Grandpa was down on one knee praying and 
the other two were standing quietly as Grandpa prayed. 

There was no doubt a problem and Grandpa needed help and he 
took it to the Lord. Evidently, there was an urgency in the matter 
which caused him to pray on the spot. 

What I observed has stuck with me and made a good impression 
on me. Can there be a better picture in my memory than of 
Grandpa praying at the pump at Plevna? 

Sister Mildred Skiles 
R. 2 Box 8, Cuba, NM 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans a Spring Lovefeast, April 9. 
There will be services nightly beginning April 6 through April 10. 
Bro. Edward Johnson will be the speaker for this series of services. 

We invite all to come worship with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation plans to host District Meeting for 
the third district on April 11. We will have usual worship services 
beginning at 1 1 :00 on Saturday, April 9, and Lovefeast following in 
the evening. There will be usual services on Sunday, April 10, with 
District Meeting on Monday. 

Everyone is welcome. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation is planning to 
have Lovefeast services May 1, 1988. We invite each one to come 
and worship with us. Pray for us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I take this means to thank each and everyone who sent me cards, 
letters, pictures and gifts for my 84th birthday. May God's 
blessings rest and abide on each of you. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 

THANK YOU 

Many thanks for all your cards, gifts and prayers while I was in 
the hospital and here at home. It means so much to have Brothers 
and Sisters that have a concern for you in times of illness. May God 
bless you! 

Sister Ada G. Mohler 

THANK YOU 

To all the Brethren and Sisters who expressed your love in so 
many ways, along with your cards and letters. We can only thank 
you but may God bless you all for making our 50th Anniversary 
such a wonderful time. 

Brother Edward and Sister Pauletta Johnson 



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DIRECTORY OF HOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2034 Roble Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95354 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3026 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Larry Andrews 
312 East Coleman 
Raymore, Missouri 64083 



All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, but 
sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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VOL. LXVI 



APRIL 15, 1988 



NO. 8 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHO DOESN'T WANT? 

Who doesn't want the love of God— 

Or at least a tiny part- 
To be bestowed upon them 

In the center of their heart? 

Who doesn't want it to shine forth 
As an everlasting light, 

To shed its beams all around- 
Even through the darkest night? 

God will give His light to those 
Who desire to shun all wrong. 

Take His hand and walk with those 
Who will sing redemption's song. 

For sweet are His promises 
To those who His precepts keep. 

Some day they'll rise to heaven, 
Be counted among His "sheep." 

Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 



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A WORK FOR EACH ONE 

The Trinity is a difficult concept for our human minds to grasp. 
We cannot understand how one can be three and three can be one. 
Many because they do not understand simply reject the whole 
concept by subtle arguments. 

Christians accept the existance of the Trinity by faith. If their 
faith is large enough to accept this basic Biblical doctrine then they 
can have enough faith to practice the other teachings of the Bible, 
even if they do not fully understand them. Our finite minds are 
unable to understand God's mind and His counsels. We cannot 
counsel God. We must believe Him even though all around would 
question and deny Him. 

To increase our understanding, the Trinity might be compared to 
an egg. The egg has three main parts — the shell, the white and the 
yolk. Each part is distinct yet the egg is not whole if one part is 
missing. Each part has its own composition and performs a 
particular function. The three Persons of the Trinity — the Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost are each distinct. Each has a particular work 
to do. Yet the Trinity would be incomplete without all Three 
Persons. 

Each Person of the Godhead has a specific work to do which 
could not be accomplished by either of the Others. The Trinity was 
present at the baptism of Jesus, the Spirit was in the form of a dove, 
while the Father testified of being well pleased by His Son, This 
points out the separateness of each person yet their union in one 
purpose. The Three were united in the creation of the world. The 
Father continues to guide the affairs of men and nations. The Son 
came to Earth to minister to the physical and Spiritual needs of 

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men, offered Himself as the perfect sin sacrifice, resurrected 
victoriously from the grave and ascended back to His deserved 
place in Heaven, where He is the believer's Advocate. The Spirit 
guides believers in whom He dwells and directs in the work of the 
Church. 

The Trinity is an example for Christians. The Christian's 
entrance into the church through baptism by trine immersion is 
another testimony of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. As the newly 
immersed Christian is indwelt by the Holy Ghost, he is directed in 
his daily walk in ways pleasing to God. The Father expects His will 
to be carried out in the Christian's life. His severity is only broken 
by His love and grace that will accept the Son's sacrifice. Each 
believer is the abiding place of the Spirit yet that one Spirit cannot 
lead individuals in divergent ways. This unifies believers into the 
Church where His will can be carried out in ways visible to the 
world. 

Just as each Person of the triune Godhead has a work to do, so 
each member of the Church has a work to do. God has created 
each one in a unique way. Each has certain talents and character- 
istics. God expects these gifts to be used to promote the earthly 
Church and to bring glory to Him through the salvation of souls 
and striving toward perfection in the Christian life. Because our 
talents differ we together can accomplish what God has intended 
for us to do. Our talents can mesh with others just like gears in a 
machine. What one member lacks another will be able to supply 
—whether a temporal or Spiritual need. 

God has given these diverse talents with the expectation that 
they will be used. The servant who hid his talent was very severely 
condemned because he attempted nothing, consequently he 
accomplished nothing and he gained nothing. It is necessary to 
use the talents given to get the work done. Without an effort there 
will be no gain. 

Too often the work in the Church is done by the willing few who 
are often criticized by the unwilling many. They are criticized for 
being power hungry and glory-seekers. If the unwilling were to 
become willing workers they would find they could not only 
forward the Church's work but also enjoy blessings that they never 
have known before. 

The work needed to be done within the Church comes in many 
forms. Some service is public, other is private and even unknown 
to others. Yet those who serve in public offices may not be as 
effective in the private works also needed to be done. While the 
public offices are needed and established by the Word of God, the 
work of the unseen or little seen is still important. The private 
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or they may lay the ground work upon which the public work can 
be done. 

Each person of the Godhead has an office and a work to do. Each 
member likewise has a work to do. Are we each doing the work 
that we have been prepared to do? Are we doing our best whether 
it be public or hidden? 

What is your work? Are you doing it? 



MY DEAR DAUGHTERS 

Last night I looked in your bedroom and saw you both fast 
asleep — soft pillows under your heads, blankets tucked up under 
your chin. A soft light shone on your faces and I stood there awhile 
thinking... 

Oh, the joy when we first saw you! Daddy and I had so earnestly 
prayed that we would be granted the privilege of having you and 
when we first saw the precious loan that God had given us straight 
from heaven, we were left speechless. Even though one of you was 
our first child and one the fourth, neither of you were loved the less. 
How our hearts raced with thrill, gratefulness, and joy when we first 
held you in our arms. 

Seemingly in the blink of an eye you were crawling, feeding 
yourself with a spoon, walking, talking, and growing up. So quickly 
our babies leave our arms and I tremble to think how fast these 
early years fly — these years when you're so moldable. What am I 
doing with each precious day I have with you? Each short fleeting 
moment that I must be using to instil God's Word and truth in your 
lives? 

I know the years will continue to fly. You will travel through all 
twelve years of school in but a moment of time. The teenage years 
will keep you but for a little and then most likely you will be off to 
establish your own home and watch your own children grow up. 

But girls, listen, I have some things that I have to tell you. I can't 
let the pressures of life and the frantic schedule and the quickly 
passing moments keep me from telling you some things that are 
very important to me. I have dreams and goals for you. I know I 
need to share them with you throughout your lives but I want them 
down in writing so you can take them and keep them... 

I look at your eyes which are now closed for the night and I pray 
that you would be careful with those eyes... That you would use 
them to see the good in people... That you would close them to the 
things that would make your heart and mind feel dirty... That you 
would use them to read God's Word... That you would let them 
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I look at your ears and pray that they would always want to hear 
of God and His ways. I hope they'll want to be at every church 
service where they can hear and learn more about Him. I pray that 
somehow gossip and slander could never penetrate those ear- 
drums but that somehow they would screen that out. Oh, that 
you'd always only want to hear good, edifying, uplifting things and 
not dwell on the inevitable bad. I pray you'd only desire Godly, 
holy music to waft through those ears and that you'd never find any 
delight in the devil's trash. 

I look at your lips that are now still and slightly parted and pray 
that somehow God would take that tongue and only let it speak 
those things that are right. That you lips would only move to 
praise, bless, honor and glorify God and encourage His people. 
But I know I can't expect God to do that. You have two natures 
within you and you will have to make the choice as to which nature 
you allow to rule. I pray you'd choose to speak kindness to your 
friends in childhood, to be loving to your brothers, to pour out 
thanks to God for all things. "Oh, God, keep their tongues!" 

Your little hands that are so busy throughout the day are now idle 
but I think of all that waits to be accomplished by those hands. I 
think of the great amounts of work that will need done — chores 
when you're little, then schoolwork, housework, and harder tasks 
as you grow older. The weeds that will need pulled, hoes used till 
you get callouses, and my thoughts go on and on. Then I pray that 
those hands would be used to serve people. That your hands 
would embrace the lonely and hurting, wipe away the tears from 
children's eyes, steady the faltering body of old people (perhaps 
even mine someday), hand a bouquet of fresh cut flowers to some 
widow who thought no one remembered, and bind up the wounds 
of the broken and bleeding. Oh, girls, I want you to SERVE. I want 
you to earnestly pray that the Lord would show you what you can 
do to share His love and His Word in the little part of the world 
you'll occupy. Solomon says it so beautifully when he says "Favor 
is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, 
she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her 
own works praise her in the gates." Girls, I pray that you'll be that 
type of woman. That the works you do would touch other people's 
lives for the Lord and that it would be just like a pebble dropped in a 
pond — the ripples would go on and on. 

Your little bodies lie still now but I look at your being and pray 
that you would keep that body clean and pure for God. I hope 
you'll desire to care for it in a good way physically — that you'll eat 
the right foods and get exercise, but so much more critical it is that 
you keep your body morally pure. I think of how black sin is and 
how it grieves God every time a dear young girl defiles her body by 






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being too free with boys and then I think of how glorious it is when 
a bride stands at the alter with a body as clean and pure as the 
white wedding dress she wears. Oh girls, how I cry out to God that 
I could teach you in such a way that you would purpose in your 
hearts to be one of those girls. They are rare, but oh, so beautiful. 

Every girl likes to look nice and be attractive but girls, I desire so 
much more that your actions and inner being would be more 
beautiful than your face. I want you to be neat and tidy and bring 
glory to God by your appearance but I don't care if you never 
qualify as a beauty queen contestant. It's just my desire that you 
would grow up to be one of the virtuous women that Solomon 
wrote about. If it's in God's plans for you to ever marry I want your 
husband to be able to feel like he's found a whole chestful of 
sparkling- Jewels when he finds you. 

Another tremor passes through my body as I realize all the 
lives — all the generations — that will be influenced by my children 
and their descendants and how much responsibility lies on my 
back! Oh, how critical it is that we train you to fear the Lord! (I want 
to thank God again for giving me a husband who is such a good 
helper in parenting. How thankful you should be for your Daddy, 
girls.) 

I love you girls — you are handmade by God. There are no other 
girls in this entire world that are exactly like you. God's work for 
you is a bit different than anyone else's because you are different 
and your abilities are different. Don't fail your Creator. He has a 
beautiful plan for your life. All He needs from you is a yielded heart 
and life. Someday you will reign with Him forever if you faithfully 
live for Him in this life! I pray we'll have the family circle unbroken 

in Heaven. 

Your Mother, 
Sister Sally Meyers 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"The Patience of Jesus" 

We frequently hear that a person has the "patience of Job" and 
certainly he is a great Biblical example for us as we desire to have 
that character quality. But the greatest example of patience in the 
Bible is illustrated in the life of Jesus Christ. 

I have heard people say, "Lord, give me patience and give it to me 
right now!" That is the attitude of the day. All ages of individuals 
from youth to the elderly need to work on this area of their lives. 

The Lord frequently requires that His children develop right 



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qualities before He uses them in a dynamic way. Sometimes we are 
even kept in obscurity... as was John the Baptist. He was in the 
wilderness preparing and developing the great qualities that he 
would later put to practice in his ministry in the Jordan Valley. 
Moses trained for forty years and overcame some traits that would 
have kept him from being the dynamic leader that he was to 
become. Both of these men experienced the necessity of de- 
veloping patience as a result of their environment. In reality, Jesus 
trained for thirty years and patiently awaited the time He would 
announce His Messiahship and unleash the most vital ministry the 
world was ever to know. 

Do you sometimes pace the floor because God is not in a hurry? 
Wait on the Lord. At age twelve, Jesus was conversing intelligently 
with the learned doctors in the temple. His sensitive nature noticed 
the shallow hypocricy of these men but He continued to observe, 
learn and absorb. He noticed how they were most concerned 
about outward ceremony, the borders on their cloak, gaining the 
upper seats in the sanctuary and at the feasts but they were totally 
void of concern for outcasts and for the lost and lonely. But Jesus 
waited... and waited... and finally He was where God would have 
Him to be to effectively minister to the needs of those who had 
been neglected by the religious hierarchy. Even after He selected 
His disciples, He found if necessary to be patient and wait to tell 
them of His upcoming death on the cross and resurrection. 

Enemies plotted Jesus' death prematurely. Attempts were made 
on His life. Opponents took up stones to cast at Him and His 
townfolk tried to push Him off of a cliff. HIS TIME WAS NOT YET 
COME. (John 7:6) With calm deliberation, He waited for the 
appointed hour. On the cross He died at the pre-determined 
moment... not a second early or late. No man took His life from 
Him but He freely gave it. This was patience supreme. 

Jesus was never in too much of a hurry to help someone. He was 
poised and calm in spirit. Those who will follow that example will 
take time for meditation, prayer, the Word, helping someone or just 
talking to the lonely. 

Jesus came to earth to pay the penalty for our sins. He had a 
dynamic yet simple plan to train twelve men who would carry on 
the central core of His ministry after His return to Heaven. He 
taught them day by day but they learned very slowly. How patient 
He was with them. They were always present to hear Him pray, to 
be taught by Him, to see His miracles and yet they didn't under- 
stand a lot about His objective. Jesus spent a lot of time explaining 
this teachings and parables and He did it with patience and grace. 

The very night after Jesus fed the five thousand He was required 
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Galilee. How soon they had forgotten His ability to work miracles. 

Jesus proved His power over and over again but ultimately He 
had to pray by Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane because the 
disciples fell asleep... not realizing the magnificence and im- 
portance of the moment. Jesus was patient with them. "Sleep on," 
He gently spake, as they were overcome by their "human nature." 

In patience Jesus had washed the disciples' feet in the upper 
room. Ultimately, He was to show the greatest patience on the 
cross. Those who accused Him and rebuked Him could easily have 
been destroyed in a moment but He forgave them. Even after His 
resurrection we see great patience shown toward those who would 
not accept the fact that He had risen. 

I believe the cross is not only a symbol of the crucifixion of our 
Lord. It does illustrate our atonement but it is also a great 
monument to patience... the patience of Jesus. 

Brother Len Wertz 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 15, 1928 

THE ONE THING NEEDFUL 

J. W. Keiser 

The greatest thing on earth is the soul of man. Its value is 
beyond comparison with everything on earth, though it were 
possible for man to gain all the riches of the world and lose his 
soul, it would profit him nothing. Then if the soul is of such 
inestimable value he should be seeking for something that would 
be safe when he is called to give account of his stewardship in the 
great beyond. Jesus gives us a very good example in that case of 
Mary and Martha. Martha was cumbered about much serving and 
says to the Savior, "Dost thou not care that my sister has left me to 
serve alone bid her therefore that she help me." But Jesus said to 
her, "Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But 
one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which 
shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:40-42. Then it is that 
one thing needful that we all should be in possession of in order 
that we may have these immortal principles saved in the day of 
judgment. That one thing we need more than anything else is 
"pure religion." Many false religions are out in the world today and 
if we are not watching we will be drawn away from that true religion 
that the Master taught when he was here in the world. The Savior 
says that not everyone that saith unto me "Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father 



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which is in heaven." Matt. 7:21 . Also he says many will say unto me 
in that day, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name 
cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works, but he 
will profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that 
work iniquity; this will be an awful sentence to hear when it will be 
too late. 

James says pure religion and undefiled before God and the 
Father is this to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions 
and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1 :27) But we 
see many spots in the world today that are leading the people down 
the broad way. We mention the spot of pride and fashion and we 
not only see this in the world but church members that at the time 
of their baptism have promised to renounce Satan with all his sinful 
ways and live faithful until death. But today, they are allowing the 
pride and fashions of the world to crowd out that pure religion so 
that they cannot be recognized from the world, forgetting that Paul 
has said "Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the 
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you and ye 
shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." II Cor. 
6:17-18. This one thing needful will prepare us to stand all of the 
scoffs and scorns of a wicked world and guide our feet in the ways 
of peace and holiness that the world may recognize us as the 
followers of the lowly Nazarene. Again Christ says to his followers, 
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good 
work and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:16. Then 
in every condition in life, we should let our light so shine that those 
with whom we associate may recognize we are in possession of 
something that is far superior to that which they enjoy and by that 
means we may be able to draw them into the church and be the 
means of them also being in possession of that one thing needful, 
the true religion of our Lord Jesus Christ, that one thing needful 
will prepare us for every event and duty of life, It will prepare 
fathers and mothers to bring up their children in the nuture and 
admonition of the Lord that they may be qualified and prepared for 
the Master's work when they come to mature years. Solomon says, 
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will 
not depart from it." Prov. 22:6. The great cry today is, give the 
young in the church something to do. There are the old in years 
that cannot get to the service. There is a great opportunity for the 
young to go to their homes on the Lord's day, sing the beautiful 
songs of Zion, pray with them, remind them of the happy seasons 
you have enjoyed in the service of the Lord together, and of the 
prospects of meeting in the great beyond where we may enjoy each 
other's society throughout eternity and I will guarantee you will be 
amply paid for your time spent in encouraging them in their 



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declining years. Then may our motto be, as the poet says: 
Oh for a close walk with God, 
A calm and heavenly frame, 
A light to shine up the road, 
That leads me to the Lord's domain. 

WHEN FAITH SEEMS TO FAIL 

Most of us have read about the great men and women of faith of 
years gone by who never seem to lack strength in the hour of need. 
If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that 
there are times when our faith seems to lack that strength. We 
confess that we can relate very well to the writer of Psalms 119:25- 
32. We would like to look at these verses and make some 
observations hopefully guided by the Holy Spirit. 

Verse 25 reads, "My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me 
according to thy word." It is much easier to "shout the victory" 
when all is going well in our lives. But when tragedy strikes one of 
our loved ones or a life time spouse tells you that you are no longer 
loved if is much more difficult to praise the Lord. At times like 
these or similar happenings, we, like the Psalmist, feel as if our 
"soul cleaveth unto the dust." Instead of reaching up to the glories 
of Heaven, we realize more fully that we are mere bodies of dust 
with failures and pain. We are prone to ask why God has allowed 
things to come into our lives that take away the joy of living. And 
we do not always receive a clear answer in this life. 

Verses 26 and 27 read, "I have declared my ways, and thou 
heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the 
way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works." The 
Psalmist is seeking mental and spiritual healing from the Lord. He 
rightly realizes the need to confess any sin we may have in our 
lives. When the sorrows of life come our way we are usually less 
judgemental of others at this time. We are made more aware of our 
own weakness and failings. All "self-righteousness" is left, at least 
temporarily, in the dust of despair. 

Verse 28 reads, "My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou 
me according unto thy word." The Psalmist seems to go into a 
deeper valley of depression even after confessing his sins and 
needs before the Lord. Is that ever true in your life? We confess 
that sometimes the heavens seem to be closed to our cry for help. 
Along with this seems to go a time of great temptation. We yearn to 
have the faith of Job at this time. His words in Job 1 3:15 have been 
a great source of strength for us over the years. "Though he slay 
me, yet will I trust in him:..." But in place of this we can relate to the 
song writer who penned the words, "Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, 



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prone to leave the God I love." It is not always sickness or sorrow 
that drives us to this place of hopeless feeling but the daily routine 
of life can have such an effect on us. We confess that we have had 
an increasing feeling of lack of zeal to share the truth of God's word 
with others. Perhaps it is only us, but we feel a great time of apathy 
has overtaken the vast majority of those within the earthly church. 
When Christians assemble together the talk varies from sports in 
some gatherings to the weather and things in general in other 
gatherings. While we are personally opposed to Christians being 
involved in professional sports this is not our major concern at this 
point. What is our concern is that there seems to be very little if any 
time left for spiritual conversations that help to uplift and 
encourage one another. 

Verses 29 and 30 read, "Remove from me the way of lying: and 
grant me thy law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth: thy 
judgements have I laid before me." We believe the Psalmist is 
going beyond merely speaking lies in these verses. "The way of 
lying" would seem to indicate living a lie. 

In Matthew 7 where Christ talks about "Judge not, that ye be not 
judged," in verse five we read the following words. "Thou hypo- 
crite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt 
thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." We 
would all loudly protest being called a hypocrite, and we certainly 
do not wish to justify a hypocritical spirit. Yet are there not times in 
our lives that we are less than honest in what we say compared with 
what we actually do? We confess this is true of us. We have 
"chosen the way of truth." For us that is the way of Christ who 
declared Himself to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. But do we 
honestly compare our lives with the perfect example? We are 
convinced that one of the greatest weaknesses within the earthly 
church is a lack of honest self examination. 

The final two verses read, "I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O 
Lord, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy command- 
ments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart." We desire the promises 
of God in our lives but do we truly desire to stick "unto thy 
testimonies, O Lord?" We must realize that we can only be true to 
our Lord when we allow Him to enlarge our heart with His Truths. 
Why do we desire to do as little as we can and still enter Heaven's 
gates instead of trying to follow all the commandments of our Lord 
given in His Holy Bible? 

We would like to quote one more verse from this longest chapter 
in the Bible, verse 50. "This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy 
word hath quickened me." When faith seems to fail we must 
remember that the Word of God can not fail. If you have never 
acquired this faith through the shed blood of Jesus Christ you are 



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without any real hope or comfort. For those who are a part of the 
family of God we must truly put our faith in the Rock of Ages in 
place of the sand of human effort. Truly He is our help in times of 
need. Though faith may seem to fail, the One who we have our 
faith in will never fail us. Let us desire to never fail Him. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SOME PRECEPTS FOR PREACHERS 

Preaching without emotion is not preaching, but beware of the 
cheap substitute. Synthetic unction may impress simple souls, but 
it corrupts the preacher. 

Remember Peniel and wrestle with the great themes, even if they 
throw you. Jacob was not Israel until he shrank a sinew. 

Be loyal to your texts. Beware of context; if you leave it; be 
courteous and ask permission. Possibly the writer had bigger 
thoughts than your own. 

Motorists and preachers should remember that the aim is not to 
cover the ground but to see the country and, seeing, love. 

Illustrate, but don't illustrate the obvious. One good illustration 
is worth ten bad ones. 

The well is deep, and you must have something to draw with. But 
there is no need to make people drink out of the bucket, still less 
chew on the rope. 

In preaching — no demand without the gift; no diagnosis without 
the cure. One word about sin: ten for the Savior. 

Listen before you speak. See before you say. 

Aim at being independent of the concordance, but do not disdain 
it until you are. 

Love simple speech as much as you hate shallow thinking. 

Never talk down to your audience. They are not there. 

Beware of the abstract noun. The abstract puffeth up; the 
concrete buildeth up. 

By your consonants people will know what you say; by your 
vowels where you come from. 

Be audible, but don't shout. Clearness carries farther than 
clamor. 

Be not like the brook; pause sometimes. 

One cannot always finish, but one can always stop. If the flow 
ceases, do not dribble. 






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A preacher's damnation: "He spoke of great things and made 
them small; of holy things and made them common; of God and 
made Him of no account. 

From The Bible Friend 

Selected by Brother Newton Jamison 

THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

RESURRECTION 
66 
There is coming a time in the future 
Acts 24-15 For the RESURRECTION of the DEAD, 

It will include all who are in their graves 
The JUST and the UNJUST, the writer said. 

67 

i u c on There shall be a RESURRECTION of the DEAD 

John o:^y ... . ,, , ,. x .. 

All shall come forth from the grave, 

ka~++ oc cm oo Those that have done EVIL shall be DAMNED 

Matt. ^O.Ol-OO ... -p. XL A -I _J ^ -I L II 

Those that done good, God shall save. 

ETERNITY 
68 
Heb 9-27 When our life's work is over 

And our time on earth shall end, 
D . ie Where we spend our days ETERNAL 

HOm. d'.lO ...... i/-xnr^_j -i 

Will, upon our LORD depend. 
69 
CHRIST came to earth to bring the plan 

Acts 



2Q-28 The plan wee 



HE shed HIS blood on CALVARY 
Sufficient to save all nations. 

70 

i^^u „ cm ic It's up to us to make a choice 

Joshua 24:15 ... . ..,,.. ... ,., .. 

While in this life we live, 

m tt o^ a& For punishment and for rewards 

MalL D D Are CHRIST'S alone to give. 

HELL 
71 

James 4*17 When we know the WILL of GOD 

We better aim to do it well, 

R g.po For the wages of sin is death 

And the payment will be made in HELL. 



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72 
HELL is a special prepared place 
For the punishment of the sinner, 

Mark 9:46 There will be no end of the torment 

All will be lost, there's no winner. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Conversion of the Eunuch 
J. H. Moore 

Having seen how the three thousand were converted in a great 
meeting, it may be helpful to consider a case of conversion brought 
about by a personal effort. After Philip, the evangelist, had closed 
his splendid revival at Samaria, where both men and women 
confessed Christ, were baptized, and then received the Holy Ghost 
in the laying on of hands, an angel of the Lord told him to go 
towards the south, past Jerusalem, into the road that led to Gaza. 
On reaching the point designated, he came in contact with the 
eunuch, a government official of Ethiopia, a man of high standing. 
The eunuch was reading a portion of the Bible at the time, and 
asked Philip to sit with him in his chariot. This led to an expla- 
nation of the scriptures he was reading, and gave Philip an 
occasion to preach Jesus to the man. We are not told how long 
Philip talked, or what all he said, but enough was said to convince 
the eunuch that Jesus is the Christ, and that there was something 
for him to do. It was a fine piece of personal work upon the part of 
Philip. 

As they proceeded, they came unto a certain water, and the 
eunuch asked for baptism. This showed that, in preaching Christ, 
Philip had said something about the initiatory rite. The eunuch was 
told that if he would believe with all his heart, he might be baptized. 
Philip believed in a heart service. The good confession was made, 
the eunuch saying, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 
We then read that they went both down into the water, and Philip 
baptized the eunuch. After this both came up out of the water. 
(Acts 8:26-39) 

In this instance of conversion we have the preaching of the Word, 
the hearing of the Word, the believing in Christ, the confessing of 
Christ as the Son of God, and baptism, — repentance, of course, 
being understood. The eunuch evidently realized that his sins had 
been pardoned, that he was born from above, had become a child 
of God and had received the gift of the Holy Ghost, for it is said, 
"And he went on his way rejoicing." (Acts 8:39) 

Here are all the characteristics of a case of genuine conversion. 
The conditions set forth, in the instructions of Christ to his 



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apostles, were fully complied with. There was no attempt, on the 
part of Philip, to evade any of the points of the commission. In fact, 
guided by the Spirit, nothing else could have been expected of him. 
A finer piece of personal work has never been done. God can trust 
a man like Philip; one who, in preaching the Gospel, insists on the 
letter, as well as on the spirit. 

GRANDMA'S TITHE PURSE 

When my mother was three Grandpa Smith died and Grandma 
was a widow for many years. She did not remarry until after my 
parents were married. 

I have no idea when the little, black purse became a special item 
in Grandma's purse but I distinctly remember one time when she 
was in her purse and there was this little, black, cloth coin purse. 
She told me that was her tithe money. 

Memory fails me as to why it came up in conversation but she 
told me what the little purse was for and I'm glad she did. 

Since that time Mother has become a Grandma and now I am a 
Grandma. We are constantly leaving pictures in our children and 
grandchildren's memory gallery? 

What pictures am I leaving? Sister Mildred Skiles 

R. 2 Box 8, Cuba, NM 
OBITUARY 
GRACE EBY 

Sis. Grace A. Eby, 74, Wauseon, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 
23, 1 988 at Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, where she was 
a patient three days, having been in failing health four months. 

Born near Wauseon, May 15, 1913 she was a daughter of Amil 
and Emma (Schmucher^Quillet. She married Clay S. Eby, October 
22, 1931. He preceded 'her in death August 26, 1983. A lifetime 
resident of the Wauseon area, she was a press operator at Wauseon 
Manufacturing a number of years before retiring. She was a 
member of West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church. 

She is survived by one son, George A. Eby, Wauseon; two 
daughters, Mrs. George (Annabelle) Smith, Wauseon and' Mrs. 
Merle (Marie) Smith, Turner Station, Kentucky; six grandchildren; 
seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Quillet! 
Wauseon and a sister, Mrs. Helen Schaffner, Fayette, Ohio. 

Services were held February 26 at West Fulton Dunkard Brethren 
Church conducted by Charles Leatherman, Dennis St. John and 
Edward Johnson. Burial in the Smith Cemetery. 

NOTE 

Your prayers are requested by Edward Johnson in behalf of 
Norman Glanz, President of Glanz Printing, who is seriously hi 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MAY 1988 

May 1 - Three Angels Visit Abraham - Genesis 18:1-33. 

1. Do we ever "laugh" (as Sarah) at God's plans? 

2. Why was Abraham chosen as father of the faithful? 
May 8 - MOTHER'S DAY - I Kings 17:1-24. 

1. What motherly characteristic is seen in the widow? verse 15, 
24. 

2. How should we honor mother in the home? Proverbs 31:28. 
May 15 - Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed - Genesis 19:(1-11) 

12-29 (30-38). 

1 . What was the sin of Sodom? verse 5. 

2. What caused Lot to consider sacrificing his daughters? 
verse 8. 

May 22 - Abraham & Abimelech - Genesis 20:1-18. 

1. Do sons learn from a father's example? Genesis 20:2, 26:7, 
27:19. 

2. Can our deception hurt others? verse 18. 

May 29 - Isaac Born; Hagar & Ishmael - Genesis 21:1-34. 

1. How many years passed from the promise to the fulfillment 
of Isaac's birth? Genesis 12:4, 21:5. 

2. What sorrows did polygamy bring Abraham? Genesis 16:4, 
21:11. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MAY 1988 
May 1 - Profanity - Exodus 20:7, Matt. 5:33-37, James 3:9-12, James 
5:12. 

1. is God pleased with mild profanity? 

2. What is the sin in the swearing of an oath? 
May 8 - MOTHER'S DAY - I Samuel 1 :9-28. 

1. Notice the fervency and reward of a praying mother, verse 
13, 27, 28. 

2. How do we honor mother at home? Proverbs 31:28. 

May 15 - Patience - Ecc. 7:8-10, Luke 21:19, Heb. 10:35-39, 
James 1 :2-4, James 5:7-1 1 . 

1. Why is patience important? 

2. What can increase our patience? Romans 5:3, Hebrews 12:11. 
May 22 - Humility - Micah 6:8, Luke 14:7-11, Rom. 12:3, James 

4:8-10, I Peter 5:3-9. 

1. What must precede honor in our life? Proverbs 15:33. 

2. Study the elements of divine favor: Proverbs 4:6. 

May 29 -Reverence -Ex. 3:1-5, Ps. 4, Ps. 33:8, 18-19, Luke 1:46-54. 

1. How do we show reverence for God and His name? 

2. How important is "the fear of the Lord?" Proverbs 16:6, 
Psalms 111:10. 



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Union, OH 45322 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXVI MAY1, 1988 NO. 9 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS 

The cross it standeth fast, 
Defying every blast, 
The winds of hell have blown, 
The world Its hate hath shown, 
Yet it is not over-thrown, 
Hallelujah for the cross! 

It is the old cross still, 

Its triumph let us tell, 

The grace of God here shone, 

Through Christ the blessed Son, 

Who did for sin stone, 

Hallelujah for the cross! 

Twas here the debt was paid, 

Our sins on Jesus laid, 

So round the cross we sing, 

Of Christ our offering, 

Of Christ our living King, 

Hallelujah for the cross! 

- Horatius Bonar 



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THE FOUR POINTS OF THE CROSS 

No instrument of torture and death is more important than the 
cross upon which Jesus was crucified. There have been many 
tortures devised by the cruel, inventive mind of men over the 
centuries and millenia. Whether devised to cause pain that would 
lead to capitualation or confession or to ultimately bring about 
death, these tortures have been used repeatedly. Perhaps the 
cruelest in devising tortures were the Romans. They had con- 
quered a large territory. To retain their control they had to devise 
means that would intimidate these conquered peoples. The 
cruelest of their tortures was crucifixion. 

The one crucified not only suffered from the loss of blood and 
the trauma of being nailed to the cross but also from the jarring 
when the cross was planted in the ground. He was unable to 
breathe properly. The internal organs were not able to function 
properly so the victim eventually died of suffocation. Being 
exposed to the elements and the gaze of the crowd only 
heightened the agony of the sufferer. It was a cruel and justly 
despised form of death. 

Jesus died such a death on the cross. The cross He occupied 
belonged to Barabbus a notable criminal held by Pilate to be 
crucified. But Barabbus was let go at the insistance of the religious 
leaders and Jesus was condemned to fill his place. Jesus died on 
the cross as the perfect, sinless Lamb of God. He took not only the 
criminal's place on the cross but even more importantly He bore 
the sins of all mankind. He became God's sacrificial lamb. 

Jesus had predicted His crucifixion. Several times He tried to 
prepare His disciples for the time of His death, resurrection and 

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ascension. He had hinted of this death when He told Nicodemus 
that He must be lifted up. When the people sinned God had sent 
serpents among them to destroy them. Total destruction had been 
prevented only by Moses lifting up a brazen serpent which the 
people must look at in order to be saved. The cross and work of 
Jesus must be looked upon, believed and appropriated in the lives 
of those who would be saved from their sins. 

The main vertical post with a cross piece formed the cross. The 
foot of the cross was made to be set in the ground. The top 
extended above the head. The cross piece held the extended arms 
and nailed hands. There were four points to the cross — the foot, 
the head and an extended piece to either side. These points were 
each important. 

The foot of the cross was set in the earth. The cross was long 
enough that the cross would fit into a hole in the earth deep 
enough to support the cross upright. This connection with the 
ground speaks of His humanity. He came from Heaven but dwelt 
here in a human body that had the same physical limitations as 
others. He identified with men even in being tempted as men are 
though He did not ever yield. The foot of the cross showed His 
connection with men and their daily lives on the Earth. 

The head of the cross pointed upward toward God. It bespoke 
His Heavenly origin. The Son of Man was also the Son of God. He 
had endeavored while on Earth to cause men to look up to God. He 
wanted them to change their lives by identifying with God and 
seeking His direction in their lives, Jesus on the cross was offered 
as the sacrifice that would enable men to become part of God's 
family. 

The crosspieces held His arms in an outstretched position. This 
shows the universal appeal that Jesus makes. His arms are out- 
stretched to all — whosoever will. His way is open to men of all 
nations, languages and tribes. None are outside the power of the 
cross. The way is available to all who will accept it. The walls of 
partition were broken down by the cross. The ends of the 
crosspiece could be thought of as points of the compass. The 
cross invites those from all directions, north and south, east and 
west and the points in between. 

When Jesus hung on the cross, He was lifted up between Heaven 
and Earth. His feet could not touch the ground. His head was not 
in Heaven. This shows Him as the only mediator between God and 
man. In between He could plead with men to accept God's way. 
There He would die so men could be accepted by God. Jesus 
became the focal point for men and God as He hung on the cross. 

The four points of the cross show that He knew men's problems 
and failures but He also knew God's cure for those problems. The 



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extended arms opened Spiritual life to all and called all to accept it. 

The cross and the resurrection cannot be ignored. They are the 
greatest events in history. There God reaches down to man by 
giving His dearest Gift so men could be rescued from the doom, 
which would come with God's judgement of sinful men. 

Have you looked upon that cross? Have you accepted the work 
done there for you? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"feelings" 

The title of this article sounds a little like the title of a song. We 
hear about people having their "feelings" hurt. We just "feel" like 
something great is about to happenl Feelings are real. They are 
designed by God to be felt. Jesus Christ had feelings of joy, anger, 
grief, pity, amazement and sorrow. We learn in Hebrews 4:15 that 
He is "touched by the feelings of our infirmities." Jesus was, in 
reality, the perfect Model of how to handle feelings. 

It is a positive to be sensitive to feelings. You must feel joy, 
happiness, peace and compassion. These are all mountaintop 
experiences. But it is even right to sometimes feel guilt, anger, 
loneliness, sorrow or fear but you must learn how to handle these 
negative feelings properly. They must be handled before they 
handle you! You must handle feelings... enjoying the positive ones 
and dealing with the negative ones. 

Feelings are responses to what you are doing or what you are 
thinking. When you do or experience or think something positive, 
your response is joy and peace. Negative feelings tell you to go 
back and straighten out the act or thought and adjust yourself 
correctly to that experience. You can literally use negative ex- 
periences to motivate yourself toward correcting a problem. For 
instance, when you are feeling guilty, you admit and confess your 
guilt and then straighten out what you did wrong. This will involve 
communicating with God as well as another person if someone 
else was involved. If you feel grief, realize that it is pointing you 
toward filling your loss with new relationships. If you are lonely, 
admit that feeling and take action to fill your day with relationships. 
Listen to the bad feelings that they might be turned into positives. 
They often tell you when something is wrong. 

Feelings can be false. An example of false feelings is deciding it 
is all right to have physical relations before marriage when you feel 
good about it. The feelings say, "do it." God's word says, "Flee 
from sexual immorality." God's Word always strips the bluff away 
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Sometimes feelings can make you sick. You see, feelings were 
made to be expressed and if you don't express them in a positive 
way, they will sneak in to be expressed in other ways. Sometimes 
they can cause a lump in the throat, a twitching eyelid, nausea or 
eventually will lead to ulcers or emotional traumas. 

Men are taught to repress their feelings and there is probably a 
direct correlation to that teaching and the amount of ulcers men 
experience. Society likes to classify us as machines so it asks us to 
forget feelings. It tells us that they just make us vulnerable. 
Christians sometimes follow this way of thinking. We begin to 
think that we shouldn't feel tension or some of the fears that we 
might experience. We pretend to be "super-Christian." But we DO 
experience feelings and to hypocritically act as if we don't-only 
brings on additional problems in our lives. Keeping feelings 
hidden away inside is not the way to handle them. They need to be 
correctly expressed. Am I suggesting that you just dump your 
feelings on anyone that is nearby? Of course not. If you do that... if 
you uncontrollably express your feelings to anyone at hand, you 
will soon be left to yourself. This is certainly not the way to make 
friends. If you moan and complain because of some difficult 
feelings you will eventually be avoided by others. There must be a 
balance between the two extremes. This is called SPIRIT CON- 
TROLLED EXPRESSION. You find this balance with acknowl- 
edging, examining and finally acting on the feelings through God's 
leading. 

Examine your feelings in the light of what God has to say in His 
Word. If your feelings reflect positive behavior according to His 
teachings, then they are there to reinforce your behavior. If your 
behavior is negative according to the Word of God, the resulting 
feelings will point to problems. They are telling you that you need 
to make some adjustments and corrections. 

Action is the ultimate end of feeling. Once you have endured a 
feeling or have enjoyed it, either reinforce the positive behavior or 
correct the negative behavior. Could it be that you will also need to 
readjust your ego? Sometimes we get feelings of envy and they 
become a barrier between ourselves and another individual. This 
actually requires a shift in values and making an inward mental and 
spiritual change. 

Remember these basic principles because they will help you to 
identify feelings and deal with them appropriately, God's way. 
1. A feeling may well be a God-given response. 2. Feelings some- 
times point out positive acts and thoughts for reinforcement and 
even negative acts and thoughts for correction. 3. Holding 
feelings inside can damage you and "letting it all hang out" 
damages relationships with others. Feel free to feel feelings but 



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learn how to express them God's way. 

As God's person, you should desire to have right feelings. That 
is a part of our growing process. Your feelings will lead you to right 
actions and right actions will create an environment of additional 
growth in yourselves and in others. When feelings are correct... 
discernment and sensitivity will be right in line with them. Ulti- 
mately, feelings will determine your pattern of treatment of others 
as well as understanding of yourself and your relationship with 

God. 

Brother Len Wertz 

TO MY SONS 

I stood at the kitchen window this morning and watched as you 
two walked toward the barn with Daddy, one on either side. A tear 
slowly made its way to the corner of my eye and then coursed a 
trail down my cheek. You are our boys, our sons, and how you 
delight in being with Daddy. You want to follow him everywhere he 
goes. You run a little now as you hurry to catch up to him and you 
reach up for his hand and then look up into his face and I see you 
are talking. I wonder what you are saying. 

I remember when the Doctor looked up and said "It's a boy!" The 
nurse took a picture at that moment so we'll always have the 
cherished picture of your Daddy's face just shining with happiness. 
A son. A boy who will grow up into a man. And you're ours to love 
and train. No, you're not really ours. You're the Lord's and He has 
allowed us the privilege of training you and loving you. 

What a Godly heritage you have, Sons. No doubt you have 
ancestors back over the centuries who have gone through great 
suffering for their faith. You have great grandparents and grand- 
parents who have fervently prayed for first us, as your parents 
when we were born into this world, and now for you. You have a 
great grandpa who lived on this very farm that you're now having 
the privilege of being raised on. You have a grandpa who 
instructed his children in the ways of the Lord here in this very 
house. They gave of themselves that they might be able to pass on 
that Godly heritage. Don't let the chain get broken with you, boys. 
Make yourselves available so that you're another link in this chain 
of passing on a godly heritage. 

Your little feet are running now, trying to keep up with Daddy. 
Will they always run trying to follow Christ? Will they take you to 
Calvary and see the Lord hanging on the cross bleeding for you? 
Will they lead you into the baptismal waters? Will they take you to 
church each time the church doors are open? Will they know how 
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Those little hands are so busy, always into something. You love 
to construct things out of all sorts of items. The little minds and 
hands that now can take pieces of refuse and worthless items, will 
they ever so diligently help build worthwhile things? Will they be 
used to give encouragement to people, to pat someone on the back 
who needs the touch of another human? Will they help build up 
God's church? Will they lead other people to Him? 

Will the little heart that beats inside your chest always be light 
and free as it is now? Boys, how I pray that you will always be able 
to lay your head on your pillow at night with the blessed feeling of 
having a clear conscience, knowing that all is well between your 
God and you. Knowing that your heart is clean and pure. Knowing 
that any sin you've committed has been confessed and your slate is 
clean. Knowing that you have done your part to keep peace 
amongst all others you come in contact with, especially those of 
the body of Christ. Oh, the priceless value of a clean conscience! 

You delight now in earning pennies, nickles, dimes, whatever 
small amounts you might get. I pray that as you grow up and get 
larger and larger amounts of money to work with that you will 
practice good stewardship. You must learn that the money is not 
really yours but the Lord's and He is entrusting it into your care to 
use in the best way to His honor and glory. I pray that before you 
make purchases of any great amounts that you will seek the Lord's 
direction, be it for a car, a house, or even much smaller things. 

I pray that as you grow older you would learn to apply I Thess. 
4:1 1 to your life; "Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, 
and to work with your own hands..." How much more respectable is 
the quiet person who opens their mouth with wisdom than the one 
who talks all the time and thinks later. Learn to keep your own life 
straight and not be into other people's business. It's always so 
much easier to see the faults in other people's lives. 

I long for you to have a Godly understanding on the marks of a 
true man as you reach manhood. May you learn to know what it 
means to stand alone, what it is to be firmly rooted in the Word and 
in your committment to God that no one can make you waver, even 
if they're your best friends. I pray you'll always realize a real man is 
one who takes God's Word seriously, who delights in plunging into 
the depths of the riches there, who has a conviction to spend time 
alone with God each day. 

How I pray you'll always possess the qualities of kindness and 
o^iaaeaa, H.ow ( cringe to see young boys thinking rt ; s "neat" to 

Wm^M w®.^ to^. Mav you always see people as God 
sees them — people who were loved so much that He thought they 
were worth His Son dying for. May you always be one of the 

healers instead of one of the destroyers. 



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I pray you'd always be able to experience much more of a thrill in 
a Bible study and prayer with other people who are ALIVE in Christ 
than you would in driving a car at dangerous speeds. May you 
learn that the true joy and happiness in life comes from the spiritual 
things from God rather than the carnal things of men. 

When you reach manhood and start looking for companions I 
hope you look for inner beauty rather than outer. I hope you seek a 
girl who is chaste, virtuous, honorable, and sincere. That, by no 
means, means she will be dull and lackluster. A Godly partner will 
bring you more joy than you can imagine. I hope that you will 
purpose in your heart as a young man to esteem any girl you ever 
would date with enough respect that you would never want to take 
away her beautiful purity and chastity. A mark of a good man is 
one who holds up high standards in courtship so that the marriage 
relationship can be sweeter and without scars when you do finally 
marry. It would be so worth it, boys, to keep dating standards high! 
I hope that if you ever establish a home you will be committed to 
making your home a place where God lives and reigns. I pray you'll 
give of yourselves and be committed to doing what you can to 
please your spouses, not seeking your own happiness but seeking 
to please your partners. It's when each partner gives the most that 
you receive the most. 

Oh, I know it seems you're so far away from dating and marriage 
now but how can I help but let my mind go down those tracks? It 
seems like only a few years ago that I was your age and how 
quickly the years have flown by! I pray that the Lord will give us 
wisdom to properly train you in your young years that when you 
reach the teenage years and have many decisions to make that you 
will be so firmly rooted and grounded in the Word that you can 
make wise choices. Timothy says "Let no man despise thy youth; 
but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, 
ins charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." If you can live up to that 
verse, boys, I will be able to claim this verse: "I have no greater joy 
than to hear that my children walk in truth." Ill John 4. You 
children are the only possessions we can take with us to Heaven 
and we so earnestly pray we will be there as a complete family. 

You'll make mistakes and experience failure. Sometimes growing 
up is painful. Sometimes it seems you need to learn the hard way. 
But I want you to know that when you do fail we will always love 
you and be there to help you back on your feet. And more 
importantly, God is always there and He'll always want you to get 
back-up and be going about His work. May you do that, sons. May 
you be His vessel to help get His work done in this world. 

I'm praying for you, 
Your Mother 
Sister Sally Meyers 



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1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 4-8, 1988 
PREACHING PROGRAM 



TIME SPEAKER 

Sat, P.M. Dennis St. John 



Sat. 


P.M. 


Rudy Shaffer 


Sat. 


Eve. 


Paul Hartz 


Sun. 


A.M. 


Sunday School 
for Children 


Sun. 


A.M. 


William Heisey 


Sun. 


A.M. 


Virgil Leatherman 


Sun. 


P.M. 


William Carpenter 



Sun. P.M. Emmert Shelly 
Sun. Eve. Robert Carpenter 
Sun. Eve. Fred Pifer 



SUBJECT 

The Church-Reaching, 
Pressing and Attaining 

Christian Humility 
The Day The Net Broke 

Redeeming The Time 
Unlimited Forgiveness 

If Thou Doest Well? — 
And If Not Well 

Abiding 



Mon. 


A.M. 


Bible Study, Adults: 
Children 


Mon. 


A.M. 


Jan Heisey 


Mon. 


P.M. 


Wilbur Uplinger 


Mon. 


P.M. 


Michael Wray 


Mon. 


Eve. 


Warren Smith 


Mon. 


Eve. 


James Kegerreis 


Tue. 


A.M. 


Bible Study: Adults: 
Children 


Tue. 


A.M. 


Kenneth Wilkerson 


Tue. 


P.M. 


Decorum Committee 



Phil. 3:9-16 



I Peter 5:5-6 
Luke 5:1-11 

Eph. 5:16 
Matt. 18:21-22 

Gen. 4:7 
John 15:1-11 

Job 2:3 



Tue. Eve. Jacob Ness 



To The Young People: 

Hold Fast Thine Integrity! 
Throughly Furnished for II Tim. 3:1-17 

Perilous Times 
God Cares for His Servant I Kings 17:1-24 

The Most Important Matt. 22:42 

Question 

Characteristics of the Rev. 20:1-9 
Millennial Reign 

Final Exhortations II Tim. 4:1-8 

What Is Man? Heb. 2:1-18 

Spiritual Warfare Eph. 6:12 
Contending for the Faith Jude 1-25 

The Lord Cometh; I Kings 18:17-40 

He is God 

Don't Fail the Test Heb. 12:3 

Missionary Program 

Bro. Dean Shaffer, Speaker 
Valley of Decision Joel 3:14 



1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 4-8, 1988 

Directions to Roxbury Holiness Camp Grounds, located Vz mile 
south of Roxbury, Pennsylvania on Route 997. 

Those traveling on Pennsylvania turnpike (no. 76) exit number 
15, take 997 south to camp grounds. 

Those traveling Interstate 81 North or South exit on Scotland 



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Exit, take 997 north to camp grounds. 

Those traveling on train or plane go to Harrisburg. Take 
Greyhound bus service to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and call 
camp grounds for transportation. 

There is plenty of room for campers and trailers. 

Please bring sheets and pillow cases. 

When making reservations please state: Date of arrival, approxi- 
mate time of arrival, number in party, approximate time of 
departure. 

Camp grounds telephone number is (717) 532-2208. If no 
answer call (717) 532-4453. 

Please send reservations to: Bro. Verling H. Wolfe 

RD#1 Box 1482 
Bethel, PA 19507 

THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

HEAVEN 

73 
If we live as the LORD would have us 
. . . j-.-m The VICTORY we will have won, 

J0 WE will spend ETERNITY in HEAVEN 

Provided through the DEATH of HIS SON. 

74 
When GOD gives us ETERNAL LIFE 

, . -moo We then shall never die, 

John 10:28 Kl ... , 

Neither can any one rob us of 

Our HEAVENLY HOME on high. 

75 

John 14:2-3 HEAVEN is a place CHRIST'S gone to prepare 

R 91 91 Its streets are paved with pure gold, 

Hev ' <n " z1 The GATES of HEAVEN are made of PEARLS 

The SAINTS there will never grow old. 

76 
Blessed are they that do HIS COMMANDMENTS 
R on. a a They have a right to the tree of life, 

They will enter through the gates to the CITY 

And in HEAVEN will enjoy ETERNAL LIFE. 

77 
So wonderful is the ETERNAL CITY 
The eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 



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' Cor ' 2:9 Neither hath it entered into the heart of man 

What all is promised in GOD'S WORD. 

78 

I John 2:25 So TRUST GOD for all HIS promises 

Rom. 6:16 Faithfully obey HIS WORD, 

Phil. 3:14 Keeping pressing forward to the mark 

John 14:3 To forever be with the LORD. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 1, 1928 

"IT IS I" 
J. H. Crofford 

The subject of this article is the language of Jesus as recorded in 
20th verse of the 6th chapter of St. John. The occasion was: The 
disciples of Christ had been with Jesus enjoying his associations 
and sharing his blessings, when they assembled on a mountain 
with five thousand anxious persons, to see and learn of Jesus. The 
time had come when they hungered for food to sustain physical 
life, but the disciples lacked the wherewithal to purchase the 
quantity necessary for the multitude. Jesus knew what he would 
do, and after they were seated on the grass, he fed them to their 
satisfaction from five barley loaves and two fishes. 

After this great miracle, the disciples, leaving Jesus, went to the 
sea and embarked on its waters. The winds began to blow after 
they had rowed out for some distance, and the waters became 
turbulent, and fear filled their hearts, when looking out over the 
water they saw a man walking on the water who said: "It is I; be not 
afraid." Their fears subsided and their hearts were comforted 
because Jesus was with them. 

In childhood and youth, when in our innocent and unaccount- 
able state, we are associating with Jesus who supplies our needs, 
cares for us, and protects us, and we are unconscious of danger. 
After feeding on his love till we arrive at the age of accountability, 
we leave him to row our boat over the sea of life with our 
associates. Everything moves along smoothly until we encounter 
the winds of opposition, and the sinfulness of this world rises in 
billows on life's sea, and fear fills our hearts. We yield to temp- 
tation; we sob, conscience smitten, on our pillows as we lie down 
on our bed of rest, feeling we have done something dreadfully 
wrong; destruction looms up before us and we see no hope for 



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escape; then we look out over the turbulent waters and we see, by 
faith, the approaching form of him who said: "It is I; be not afraid." 
Receiving him in our little bark, our fears subside and we make our 
voyage, "Leaning on the everlasting arms." 

"What have I to dread, what have I to fear, 
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near; 
Leaning on the everlasting arms." 

THOSE PECULIAR PEOPLE 

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy 
nation. A PECULIAR PEOPLE; that ye should shew forth the 
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his 
marvelous light:" I Peter 2:9. 

One day, while visiting the public library I overheard a con- 
versation between two ladies. They were looking at the newspaper, 
which had in it a picture of some Amish people. One lady said to 
the other, "Those people are PECULIAR!" I was reminded of 
I Peter 2:9. Today the word "peculiar" has far different con- 
notations than it did when the King James Bible was translated. 
Today someone who is "peculiar" is "odd" or "strange" or departed 
from what society considers normal. In the King James version, it 
is more accurate to say that "peculiar" means "set apart, separate, 
or sanctified (set apart for a holy purpose)." 

As Christians anxious to give a good testimony to the world, we 
must be sure that the things that make us peculiar to the world are 
also the things that testify to the glory and goodness of the Lord. 
Many things that make certain groups unique (and "quaint" to the 
world) have little to do with Jesus Christ or our relationship with 
Him. Many do not realize it, but it is not enough just to live a certain 
way before people, because most people do not understand that 
what they are doing amounts to a Christian testimony. In I Peter 
3:15 we are encouraged to always be ready to testify to every man 
that asks a reason for the hope within us. In II Timothy 1:8 we are 
admonished not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. It is 
therefore important to TELL others about Jesus, so that our 
peculiarity will be as set-apart people sanctified unto good works, 
and not just something that the world will look at as an oddity. 

It is true that there is a reason why we dress and live plainly. We 
should not live with the same excess of riot as the world does. We 
should live as unto the Lord, (Peculiarly - or set apart) and our lives 
should be lived so as to always be able to testify to God's goodness 
to the world. There should be no questions to our neighbors but 
that we are Christians. They should know about Jesus without us 
being obnoxious. How is our testimony for Jesus? Are we 



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considered by those around us to be living for the Lord Jesus 

Christ, or are we just peculiar? 

Lynn H. Miller 
RD#2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

A MOTHER'S PLACE 

A mother's place is in the home, 

Not to work away, be idle or roam. 

To guide each child with loving care, 

And to help make the world more fair. 

To stand by her husband through thick or thin 

To help her family stay away from sin. 

Be kind to all, cherish each friend, 
Be^a true Christian to the end. 
Give and do for others each day, 
Forgetting yourself, as God you obey. 

- Sister Verda Lorenz 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Conversion of Saul 
J. H. Moore 

We now pass to the conversion of a man, who, when looking over 
his past life, regarded himself as having at one time been the chief 
of sinners. (I Tim. 1:15) Saul, as Paul was called before his 
conversion, was a well-educated Jew, and stood high among his 
own people. When the persecution arose, he took an active part in 
persecuting the Christians in about Jerusalem. He even went so 
far as to ask for letters of authority, that he might proceed to 
Damascus, to arrest and persecute those who believed on Christ. 

We are told that, as the journeyed and came near to Damascus, a 
light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, was flashed 
upon him, and that he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying: 
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Then it was that he 
realized that he was in the grasp of some divine force, and asked 
"Who art thou , Lord?" Being told that it was Jesus, whom he was 
persecuting, he then, trembling and astonished, asked. "Lord, what 
wilt thou have me to do?" In response to this inquiry, the Lord told 
him to go into the city and it should there be told him what he must 
do. When he arose, he found himself blind and was led into the 
city. (Acts 9:1-8). 

In the house of Judas he remained without sight for three days, 
eating and drinking nothing. If ever a man experienced heart 



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repentance and soul remorse, Saul did. The moment that Jesus 
spoke to him on the way, faith began its work in his soul, and led up 
to the godly sorrow that resulted in his thorough repentance. By 
special direction of the Lord, Ananias, a devout minister, went to 
Saul, telling him that he had come that he might receive his sight, 
and be filled with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 9:17) Then Ananias said to 
him: "And now, why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, and wash 
away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16) 
Having received his sight, it is said that he "arose and was 
baptized." (Acts 9:18) 

In the narrative of this remarkable conversion we have clearly 
mentioned all the points embodied in the last and great com- 
mission of Jesus, that is, hearing the Word, faith, repentance, 
baptism, the forgiveness of sins, and being filled with the Holy 
Ghost. Ananias seems to have been as well informed regarding the 
conditions of pardon, as given by Jesus, as were the apostles them- 
selves, and so performed his part, in the conversion of Saul, in 
exact accord with what was done on the Day of Pentecost. Placing 
both instances side by side, we have teaching, hearing, faith, 
repentance, baptism, remission of sins and receiving of the Holy 
Ghost. The same divine influence that directed the work at 
Pentecost, directed each movement in the conversion of Saul. 

When Saul was told to arise and be baptized, and wash away his 
sins, it was of course understood that his sins would be washed 
away in the cleansing blood of Christ. While baptism, wherever 
Christianity was known, was recognized as one of the divinely- 
appointed conditions of pardon, it was understood that it was the 
atoning blood and not the water, that constituted the cleansing 
medium. It was in the act of baptism that Saul came in contact, in a 
symbolical sense, with the power that cancels sins. 

Saul did not have to go far for baptism. The river Abana runs 
through the center of Damascus, and a finer stream, in which to 
administer the rite of baptism, can hardly be found in the world. 
Accompanied by others, Saul may have been taken to the river and 
there buried with Christ in baptism. In Rom. 6:3-5 he tells just how 
it was done: "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into 
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" The "us" in this 
instance includes Paul, as he was called after his conversion. This 
implies that he got into Christ by being baptized into him. But we 
read further: "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism." The 
Revised Version says: "We were buried." So Paul would have us 
understand that when he was buried by baptism. The only way to 
bury a man by baptism is to immerse him. This is positive proof 
from Paul's own pen that he was immersed. And we may therefore 
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kneeled down, and was immersed "into the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." He arose from the watery 
grave, having put off the old man, and put on the new man, 
realizing that his sins had been washed away in the blood of the 
Lamb, that he received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and that he was 
in the hands of God a chosen vessel to bear Gospel to the Gentile 
nations. 

NEWS ITEMS 
WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to their Love- 
feast, the Lord willing, to be held May 21 and 22, with services 
starting at 11 A.M. on Saturday. All are welcome to come and share 

this weekend of fellowship. . _, 

Sisteer Dianne Heisey, Cor. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 
The Lord willing, the Dayton Congregation plans to hold Love- 
feast services, Saturday, May 21 , beginning at 4 p.m. We invite all 
who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Mary Rounds, Cor. 

DIRECTORIES 

There are a few church directories left. They are $3.00 post paid. 
I would appreciate it if you would let me know of any changes in 
the information for your directory listing, so I can keep a current 
directory update. Sister JoJene Andrews 

312 E. Coleman Rd. 

Raymore, MO 64083 

CARD OF THANKS 

Greetings in Jesus name to all the Brethren, Sisters and kind 
friends who sent me cards, flowers and food while I was in the 
hospital and since I'm home. I want to say 'Thank You" to each 
one and may God bless you for your love, prayers and concern. It 
means much to me. 

May we all remain true and faithful to our Heavenly Father and to 
one another in these last and trying days. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Delia Ebling. 

IN APPRECIATION 

Thank you for all the lovely cards from Brothers and Sisters and 
friends. It made my day alot brighter. May the Lord bless you. 
Remember us in your prayers. It helps! 

Sister Violet Replogle 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R.3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2034 Roble Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95354 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
{209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3026 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 1 00 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Larry Andrews 
312 East Coleman 
Raymore, Missouri 64083 



All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, but 
sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill 

Union, OH 45332 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXVI MAY 15, 1988 NO. 10 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

THE WEAVER 

by Grant Colfax Tullar 

My life is but a weaving 

Between my Lord and me, 
I cannot choose the colors 

He worketh steadily. 

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow, 

And I in foolish pride 
Forget He sees the upper 

And I the underside. 

Not till the loom is silent 

And the shuttles cease to fly 
Shall God unroll the canvas 

And explain the reason why. 

The dark threads are as needful 

In the Weaver's skillful hand 
As the threads of gold and stiver 

In the pattern He has planned. 

Selected by Sister Almeda Strayer 



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HOBBIES 

Men, women and children spend much time and alot of money 
on their hobbies. The forty hour work week has freed people from 
the rigors of past work schedules therefore they have found many 
activities to occupy their time. 

During their leisure time, people collect objects of all sorts from 
antiques to gadgets, from paper items to huge industrial or agri- 
cultural engines. Others pursue various sports activities either as 
participants or spectators. These pursuits not only involve the 
giving of much time but often they involve a great expense. 

These hobbies are pursued even as the complaint is made that 
there is too little time to write letters or visit friends. The time spent 
on hobbies can be relaxing or in other ways refreshing but often 
the time could be better used in helping others. It is sad to see 
Christians who are more interested in their hobbies than in their 
Christian service. Time spent in pursuing personal pleasure could 
more profitably be spent in bringing some Spiritual pleasure into 
the lives of others. The money spent on hobbies even by Christians 
could be used to further the programs of the Church or to help the 
needy. 

There are many complaints about the governmental welfare 
system but if Christians were to invest their hobby money in 
providing help through the Church to the needy there would be far 
less need for a governmentally directed welfare system. Where the 
Church has failed to live up to her duty in this world, the cause may 
be traced to individual Christians who have decided to invest their 
resources in their personal pleasure rather than in doing good. 

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Many hobbies run counter to Christian teaching. A spirit of 
acquisition and covetousness may arise. Many sports have 
become violent and lead to ill will among those who participate. 
The striving to be first can lead to seeking unfair advantage or 
shortcuts. Being the best in a certain field can lead to pride. Too 
often people take personal credit for hard work and training but 
forget the strength and ability given by God. 

Hobbies become so interesting that they take highest priority in 
people's lives. Their hobbies determine their social contacts, their 
time schedules and become the main focus of their thoughts and 
conversations. Lives that should be dedicated to witnessing, Bible 
study and prayer are instead dedicated to pursuing a hobby. 

One of the dangers of hobbies is that Christianity itself will 
become just another hobby. A hobby is an activity that is not 
necessary nor productive. Christianity becomes a hobby when it 
becomes but a portion of the person's life. When Christianity can 
be practiced at a few convenient times but left alone at all other 
times it has become a hobby. Christianity that does not influence 
daily decisions nor give form to dress and activities has become a 
hobby. It is not a serious pursuit that demands time and effort. 
When a few hours of Church attendance becomes the sole partici- 
pation in Christian living then it has become a hobby not a dynamic 
activity. 

Christians live in a world dedicated to hobbies. Being sur- 
rounded and involved with hobbies, it is easy for the Christian to 
become interested in his hobbies. When hobby meetings are held, 
they are more enthusiastic and emotional than the usual worship 
service. The color and activity that surrounds these meetings can 
cause a disenchantment with the quieter and reverent activities of 
the Church. It is more important that the activities of the Church be 
directed by the Holy Spirit rather than by the overly-enthusiastic 
style of meeting. 

Christians dare not allow their Christianity to become a hobby. It 
should not be consigned to a certain time and place and be put 
away at other times. Christianity must control the Christian so he 
will be willing to give his best efforts to serving God. The Church 
must be a group of people who are not pursuing a hobby, but who 
worship God, study the Bible, pray and enjoy fellowship. The 
teachings in the Bible must rule all the activities of the Christian not 
just a little section of time set aside to pursue the hobby of religion. 

Is Christianity real to you or is it butyour hobby? With an eternal 
soul to save it should be the most important thing in your life. 
Christianity dare not be your hobby. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Depression" 

Depression is one of the major medical problems of this age. 
Probably about everyone is depressed at one time or another. 
Almost two million people in this country are currently undergoing 
treatment for the severe form of this problem and many more are 
challenged to work through the symptoms themselves. It affects 
both young and old and is sometimes expressed as "just a bad 
feeling" or "nothing going right." In reality, it is probably not a 
feeling but a lack of feeling. A real feeling is an emotion, a 
response to something or someone. Loneliness is a feeling but 
depression is: 1. an inability to concentrate, 2. constant in- 
decision, 3. not being able to enjoy anything, 4. feeling tired and 
lacking in energy most or all of the time, 5. constantly irritable, 
6. unable to sleep routinely. Depression becomes a serious, 
prolonged condition for some people. 

Depression is caused by stress, unrealistic goals, unsolved 
problems and difficult medical situations or drug reactions. 

Stress is usually great pressure that squeezes you into a major 
change or crisis. Unsolved problems might include family upsets 
or anatomical irregularities. Unrealistic goals shows setting our 
sights higher than the situation allows. Medical situations include 
asthma, heart problems or other situations that alter the lifestyle 
and limit activity. 

Depression frequently tackles you when you refuse to acknowl- 
edge or handle some painful feelings. Thus... you decide not to 
feel! Of course there are technical medical issues involved here but 
looking at the subject simply, these reasons are frequently given 
for this problem. 

This is something that must be dealt with and can be handled 
better by Christians than any other group of people. Regardless of 
how bad things are... or seem... you can have victory over this curse 
of the 80's. 1 . Your first victory comes when you allow yourself to 
accept yourself to feel confident in your salvation. God's presence 
in you and the assurance of that presence can give you inner peace 
and confidence that can be experienced by no one out in the world. 
2. Your second victory will come when you become free to share 
your problem with a fellow Christian. That is what 
"admonishing one another" is... coming alongside to comfort and 
look at the problem from another perspective. Some people have 
been depressed or "down" for so long that they don't even realize 
that it is affecting their personality and ability to communicate. 
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express your feelings on a routine basis, you will not get all bound 
up by them. We Christians get far too independent and want to 
hide behind that independent nature. After all, if we are Christian, 
we will experience no problems, right? That is Satan's lie and the 
lie is carried right into modern Christiandom today. Did Paul have 
his infirmity of the flesh removed? Of course not. He just learned 
to work effectively around it and he had one of the most efficacious 
ministries of all time. 

Prayer is a fantastic tool for expressing how you feel about a 
particular problem or situation. Talk to God. I hear people say, 
"Well, I just don't have anyone to talk to." Whoa! If you are the 
Lord's you always have Someone to talk to. And, if you want to talk 
out loud... that is all right too! When David was experiencing the 
problem with depression (yes, the Psalmist David) he expressed 
what he felt to the Lord in prayer. In Psalms 13, we find him saying 
"there is no soundness in my flesh," "neither rest in my bones... I 
am troubled... feeble... my strength fails me... my friends stand 
aloof." In Psalms 42 we read, "O my God, my God, my soul is cast 
down within me." There was no self pity party there... just an 
awareness of his problem and an understanding that God cared 
and he could find solice and healing in Him. 

Talking, phoning someone or writing a brother or sister in Christ 
is the next best expression to visiting with God. We are a family... 
we must care and share more and lift people up to the Throne in 
Heaven. 

Step four is to deal with the cause. You must deal with the 
original cause of the problem. If it was stress, problems, unrealistic 
goals or whatever, you need to move into action and change that 
situation. Some times it is going to require changing yourself. You 
might need to prayerfully work on new attitudes toward others and 
situations and change negatives to positives. Have you ever asked 
God to do that for you? 

As we look at the Apostle Paul we know that he had a physical 
problem which he couldn't change. He learned, through prayer, 
that God's grace was sufficient for him and that God's power was 
made perfect in his weakness. God gave him the desire and ability 
to accept that unchangeable problem. Work to develop inner 
qualities such as faith and friendliness. 

There is victory. There is joy and direction and inner peace. You 
must get out of your own pathetic flesh power and into Spirit 
control. You must obey and study God's Love letter and witness to 
what He has done in your life. Start dwelling on the positives and 
allow them to become habits of your lifestyle. Supernatural things 
will happen. You will become more fulfilled and complete. You will 
enjoy incredible treasures of becoming more and more what you 
were meant to be. Your life will be deep and meaningful. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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THE GREAT SIN OF OUR TIME 

I am greatly grieved at the great immorality of our day. While 
there are many angles to my subject, I wish to confine my remarks 
mainly to the subject of abortion. 

I have read where various churches endorse abortion for any 
reason. Others endorse it if the life of the mother is at stake or if it 
is a case of rape or incest. 

In my studies of the Bible can I find nowhere that God endorses 
abortion. I read in Genesis 9:1, "And God blessed Noah and his 
sons and said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the 
earth." This was after the flood when all humanity but eight souls 
were destroyed. It was God's intent when he said "replenish," to 
bring forth children to inhabit the earth. This command was 
obeyed for many centuries and the earth was repopulated. Children 
were wanted and loved. It is much different among many people 
today. 

The people of the world have gotten far away from the true 
teaching of God's Word. They are turning God's way of being 
fruitful and multiplying into the sinful pleasures of the lust of the 
flesh. 

Many unwanted babies are conceived through the sinful act of 
adultery or fornication. Their coming together has two positive 
results. First, they have committed a sin that will bar them from 
Heaven. I Cor. 6:9-10, "...fornicators,... nor adulterers,... shall 
inherit the kingdom of God." 

Because they are unwanted, they are aborted before they are 
born. It matters not when they are aborted, their life is being taken. 
From the time of conception the embryo is growing, which 
indicates life. To abort is to kill. In Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 
5:17 and Romans 13:9 we have the identical words, "THOU 
SHALT NOT KILL." In I John 3:15, "... ye know that no murderer 
hath eternal life..." 

In Ecclesiastes 3:2 we read, "... a time to be born, and a time to 
die;..." God determines these times. 

Over our land there are many doctors, quacks and abortion mills 
that destroy many lives daily. What will they face on the day of 
Judgment? Matthew 7:23 contains the answer. "... I never knew 
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." 

I have read many articles in magazines and newspapers, that, 
often after a woman or girl has an abortion, they rue the thought of 
it, and deeply regret it. It is too late then. A life has been taken, 
murder was performed. That is a small price they will pay 
compared to what they will pay in the final day of judgment. 

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to kill. What about those that are guilty of both? 

Compare the feeling of a mother who conceived legitimately and 
bore and loved her newborn, with a female who illegitimately con- 
ceived and aborted the fetus. 

John 16:21, "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, 
because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the 
child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is 
born into the world." 

One loves her newborn. She cherishes it. It's a part of her. In no 
way would she want to give it up. Solomon made that statement 
clear in the method he used to determine which woman was the 
mother of the living baby. (Read I Kings 4:16-28.) The real mother 
loved her child to the extent that she would rather give it up to the 
other woman than to have it cut in two. The other woman, with the 
dead child said, "Let neither woman have it, CUT IT IN TWO." 

The mother who was willing to give up her child, rather than have 
it slain, compares to the mother who runs full term and gives birth 
to her child, tenderly and lovingly caring for it as God intended. 

The mother who contended that neither should have it, com- 
pares to the woman who prefers to have an abortion, rather than 
giving birth. They miss the joy referred to in John 16:21, and 
besides, they will have to appear before the GREAT JUDGE and 
give an account of their wicked deed. 

Because masses of people approve and practice abortion does 
not cancel God's teachings about the subject. 

Abortion has become a very prevalent practice, and is sin. 

We read in I Timothy 5:22, "... keep thyself pure." We must strive 
to live according to God's Word and not follow the ways of the 
world. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, Ohio 44718 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 15, 1928 
CROSS BEARING 
Beulah Haldeman 

"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, take up 
his cross and follow me." Mark 8:34. 

If we do the will of God, and take up the cross and follow Christ, 
we know that he is with us, for he is our God and he will strengthen 
us, yea, he will help us. We know all power is given unto Jesus in 
heaven and in earth. He has power to save and power to give 



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eternal life to as many as will take up his cross. Verily, I say unto 
you, he that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me 
hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation; but is 
passed from death unto life. We must surrender our will absolutely 
to God and obey him in all things if we expect our cross to be light. 
If we surrender all to him, the Holy Spirit will lead us. We should be 
willing to take the Bible as it is and not try to change it or get 
around plain commands to meet the demands of the modern time. 

What a wonderful love God has showed for us. Christ was 
wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the 
chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we 
were healed. Isa. 53:5. 

Being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly. Christ has 
redeemed us from the curse of the law. Surely since Christ has 
suffered so much for us, gave so much love to us, we can certainly 
do something for his sake. What is our cross compared to what 
Christ suffered for us? Our cross can also be made light if we will 
only say, "I therefore yield to him the control of all I am and all I 
have; my thoughts, my words, my actions; Lord Jesus, thou art my 
Lord; I belong to thee; I surrender all to thee." 

Many people say, "I cannot give up my evil ways to take up my 
cross. We must, or perish. For the wages of sin is death; but the 
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23. 

God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he 
also reap. But if we sow to the spirit we shall of the spirit reap life 
everlasting. We in the strength of Jesus Christ can give up our evil 
ways. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Phil. 4:13. 

Christ with all power in heaven and in earth is the deliverer from 
the power of sin. Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying: "All 
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth," wherefore he is 
able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by him, 
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. 7:25. We 
can gain victory over sin by this. Let not sin therefore reign in your 
mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither 
yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, 
but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead 
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 
Rom. 6:12-14. 

Possibly we have tried or at least thought we did to take up our 
cross and failed, but did we surrender entirely to God? Did we 
study the word of God daily? Did we look each day to God alone, 
and not to self for strength and victory. He giveth power to the faint 
and giveth grace to the humble, but he resisteth the proud. Did we 
pray constantly? 



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Pray without ceasing. I Thess. 5:17. Let us therefore come 
boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find 
grace to help in time of need. I Peter 4:16. 

If we put into practice all of these thoughts with faith in our Lord 
Jesus Christ we are not apt to fail in our Christian life. 

Some people say the Christian life is too hard. It takes too much 
of self denial of things in this world to take up his cross and follow 
Christ. "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matt. 11:30. 
Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace 
Prov. 3:17. 

For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments; and 
his commandments are not grievous. I John 5:3. 

There is no peace saith my God to the wicked. Isa. 57:21. 

We know those who have not taken up the cross, there is no 
peace with them. They are wanting and seeking to the best of their 
ability for the joys and pleasures which lead into the sin of this old 
wicked world. They are not satisfied, they are always seeking for 
more pleasure; anything that has a thrill to it, as they classify it. But 
if they could only see it, the Christian life is much easier because 
that peace and content that is really pleasure is that which lasts. 

Some say there is too much to give up in their Christian career. 
For what doth it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and 
lose his own soul? Mark 8:36. He that spared not his own son, but 
delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely 
give us all things? Rom. 8:32. When Christ gave his only son for 
us, we can surely give up our worldly desires for Christ's sake. 
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any 
many love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that 
is in the world is the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride 
of life is not of the Father but of the world. The world passes away, 
but he that does the will of God abides forever. The things that are 
gain for us are counted as loss for Christ. We should count all 
things but dross for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ for 
whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them as 
nothing, that I may win Christ. If we could all get in our minds that 
the loss of all things count as nothing, if we can only win Christ by 
giving up the desires of this world. 

Often we hear it said, "I cannot be a Christian or take up my cross 
because of my business — I will lose my position." But I wonder 
what is more respected by everyone than a true Christian? Seek ye 
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these 
things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33. 

God is first and all of these other things are secondary in God's 
sight and should be considered so by everyone. Jesus says, 
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wife, children or land for his sake and the gospel's sake, but shall 
receive a hundredfold now in this time, with persecutions, and 
eternal life in the world to come. What a wonderful promise Christ 
has given us. No matter what persecutions come, they cannot be 
more severe than our Christ suffered. 

We have heard it said, "I will lose my friends if I become a 
Christian." The word says, "Ye adulters and adulteresses, know ye 
not that the friends of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever 
therefore will be a friend to the world is an enemy of God. Jas. 4:4. 
We cannot be a friend of the world and of God because we cannot 
serve both God and mammon. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel 
of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth." If we are ashamed of the gospel, our cross will be hard 
to bear; but if we are not ashamed of it, we will willingly take up our 
cross. 

Most Christians are fearful of ridicule. Was not our Savior 
ridiculed? Certainly he was. Are we any better than he? 'The fear 
of man bringeth a snare; but whosoever putteth his trust in the Lord 
shall be safe. Prov. 29:25. Whosoever is ashamed of God and his 
words in this sinful generation: He also says, "He shall be ashamed 
of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy 
angels. "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute 
you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. 
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in 
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets, which were before 
you." Matt. 5:11-12. 

Do we not owe something to the prophets, and even our parents 
before us, who suffered greater persecutions than we have to 
endure? We do not only owe it to our foreparents, but to Christ. 
Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer 
persecutions. II Tim. 3:12. If we suffer we shall reign with him. If 
we deny him he will also deny us. II Tim. 2:12. 

The suffering and persecutions of the present day cannot be 
compared to the glory that shall be given if we only carry the cross. 

I am sure if we only follow all the commandments Christ has 
given us, our cross will be easy to bear and we will not fail but will 
succeed and gain a reward of everlasting life. 

A TIME OF CRISIS 

I Thessalonians 5:21 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is 
good." 

I Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal 
life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good 
profession before many witnesses." 



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II Timothy 3:14 "But continue thou in the things which thou hast 
learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast 
learned them." 

The challenge has been made, the gauntlet has been thrown 
down. The time is long past when those of the Brethren faith can 
ignore the daily attacks on the very core of our faith. Perhaps many 
will say it is too late to accept the challenge. However, the question 
must be answered, has our historical Brethren faith been based on 
Holy Scriptures or the mere intellect of man? If the latter be true 
we are no better than the cults. It is then time to encourage 
individuals to leave the Brethren faith. But we are completely 
convinced, from several years of study of Scripture, that our 
Brethren faith is, indeed, founded upon Holy Scripture. 

Perhaps nothing is more basic to the Brethren understanding of 
scripture than what is termed today "Lordship salvation." In simple 
terms this means that an individual must recognize that Jesus 
Christ has complete rule over their life and obedience to the 
teachings of Holy Scripture is an important part of their salvation 
experience. This is being challenged by several prominent Fun- 
damentalist preachers as well as by some lesser known individuals 
in other church circles. As Paul admonishes us in our opening 
verse, we must prove all things. Therefore let us see what the 
scriptures have to say about "Lordship salvation." In Acts 16 we 
have an account of Paul and Silas in prison. While they were 
praying and singing there was a great earthquake that opened the 
prison doors and loosed their bonds. The keeper of the prison was 
going to commit suicide but Paul and Silas assured him that they 
were all still there. Through this experience the jailer asked the 
question, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer was as 
follows. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou 
shalt be saved, and thy house." In Acts 5 Peter and the other 
apostles informed the high priests and the council that Jesus, who 
they had crucified, was the true Savior. In verse 32 these words 
were spoken, "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is 
also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." 
We could quote many more verses to prove our point. In fact the 
major portion of the New Testament is the teaching that Jesus 
Christ is Lord of our lives if we are Christians. It also is filled with 
warnings to follow the teaching of Holy Scripture. Of course those 
who challenge "Lordship salvation" cannot deny that these verses 
exist and they acknowledge the fact that we should allow Christ to 
be Lord of our lives. Butthey insist that this has absolutely nothing 
to do with our salvation. They cannot deny that the Holy Ghost 
(Spirit) has to enter an individual before they can be saved. Yet 
they choose to deny or ignore the clear statement, "... the Holy 



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Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." If this verse 
is not clear enough Romans 6:16 makes it even clearer. "Know ye 
not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants 
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience 
unto righteousness?" Taken within the context of the chapter it is 
clear that Paul is referring to "death" meaning eternal separation 
from God and righteousness unto eternal life. 

In our second study verse Paul admonishes us to fight the good 
fight of faith. Spiritual pacifism has taken over the minds of the 
majority of those within the Brethren faith. The Scriptures have 
been divided into essentials and non-essentials. In addition to this 
fact, although most of the conservative Brethren do not own a 
television set the teachings of big name television evangelists have 
reached them via tapes and the magazines they publish that are 
often shared by others. Radio, which most of us own, also carries 
the popular Christianity message. Next to "Lordship salvation" the 
Brethren teaching most dear to our forefathers (and a related item) 
is the fact that baptism is an important part of our salvation 
experience. We will not take the time or space in this article to 
quote the many verses related to this subject but instead challenge 
anyone to show us one place in the New Testament where an 
individual was saved without baptism after the death and resur- 
rection of Christ. (The thief on the cross died before these events.) 

Our final verse challenges us to continue in the things which we 
have learned and been assured of along with knowing of whom we 
have learned them. This brings us full circle. We again ask if our 
historical faith was based on Holy Scripture or the wisdom of men? 
We could mention many other things that have been challenged by 
those of other persuasions. It appears that many are being 
pressured into accepting the alternatives given. However to do so 
is to acknowledge that our Brethren faith was not founded on Holy 
Scripture. 

Let us have the courage to hold fast that which is good. Paul 
says our eternal life may depend upon fighting the good fight of 
faith. 

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life 
please consider doing so now. When he becomes your Lord He 
will also be your Savior. He shed His precious blood for your sins. 
Will you not live for Him? 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

•••••• 

Our Saviour does not make allowances for sin; He makes 
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HONOR AND RESPECT FOR OUR 
FAITHFUL ANCESTORS 

My mind was much impressed when I read a church history 
entitled Some Who Led, written and compiled by D L Miller and 

FIT , R °u yer '" 1912 - !t has Photographs and stories about many 
faithful church leaders of the past two centuries. 

Starting with Alexander Mack, Sr. the leader of the group of eiqht 
persons who decided to worship God according to saving Gospel 
of Christ. They desired baptism as examplified by Christ and to live 
as close as possible to His saving Gospel. Because they were 
hindered by persecution, many migrated from Europe to America 

They were a brave and courageous people to leave their home- 
land in a time of much danger, the way they traveled at that time to 
cross the ocean. Those who landed here safely were ready to'qo 
forward in laboring for the Lord. They had the mission spirit and 
many moved west and established churches in other states till they 
got into the western part of our country. They had the utmost 
desire for the salvation of souls and the upbuilding of God's 
kingdom here on earth. The Church increased fast in numbers and 
many were blessed in their Christian welfare, also in the temporal 
hmgs of this life. They worked with a will and loyally stood for the 
kingdom of truth. 

I was much impressed when reading about John Forney, born 
April 25 1815 near East Berlin, Sommerset County, Pennsylvania 
the sixth child in a family of eight sons and three daughters He 
grew to manhood on the farm and in 1833 he joined the Church In 
1856 he was elected to the ministry. In 1858 he moved to Illinois 
and lived there till 1869 then he moved his family to a farm near 
Falls City, Nebraska. In 1870 he was ordained a Church leader and 
at one time had the oversight of seven congregations. Nine years 
later he moved to a farm near Abilene, Kansas where his life's work 
in this world came to an end. His record says he was a very 
successful farmer, the father of nineteen children, one hundred 
and three grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren On 
February 6, 1895 his body was laid to rest near Abilene, Kansas 

At that time they did not have the conveniences to travel as we 
have it today. Many traveled by long walks, horse back or horse 
and buggy. Many had a long way to visit and attend church 
services. The blessings we have that make life much easier today 
to a large extent have not been a real blessing. 

The Psalmist David said, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in 
the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners nor 
sitteth m the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the 
Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night" In the 



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nineteenth century we have the record that many of the rising 
generation thought they knew a better way than their faithful fore- 
parents and the example they set. They turned and accepted the 
evil fashions of the world. Also in the twentieth Century, our own 
time, we see much falling away from the plain simple life taught 
and examplif ied by our faithful ancestors and many have turned to 
the evil fashions of the world. 

We still have the call from God's Word to be a people separate 
from those who are living in sin and to be a light in this dark and 
sinful world. We are living in a time when many will not endure 
sound doctrine. After their own lusts they have heaped to them- 
selves teachers, having itching ears and have turned unto fables. 

Through turning away from the way of truth and righteousness 
to a large extent we have lost the high standard of morality our 
faithful ancestors had. The Apostle Paul said after his departure 
grevious wolves would enter among them sparing not the flock. 
The saving Gospel of Christ gives us instructions when confronted 
by false teachers. If any man teach otherwise than the true and 
wholesome words, from such withdraw thyself. If any come unto 
you and bring not this doctrine receive him not into your house 
neither bid him God speed for he that bids him God speed is 
partaker of his evil deeds. 

If we are faithful and true we have the comforting words, "Fear 
not little flock, it is my good pleasure to give you the kingdom." The 
gates of hell will never prevail against the Church of Christ. We 
cannot welcome in or fellowship the great evils of the world and 
condemn them if we are led by the good and holy spirit we will 
accept the saving Gospel of Christ like our faithful ancestors have 
done. 

We need to be faithful and true to the end to have part in the first 
and best resurrection. The crown of righteousness is not at the 
beginning of life's pathway nor the middle but for those who 
endure to the end. When Jesus comes to reward His servants will 
we be among the faithful and true? We should never compromise 
with the evils of the world and its fashions. Straight is the gate and 
narrow is the way that leads to life everlasting and few there be that 
find it. Broad is the way and wide is the gate to destruction and 
many there be that go in there at. 

There is a sad time coming for those who have not made their 
calling and election sure. I believe it can be a blessing for us to 
meditate upon the lives of our faithful ancestors. Lives of the great 
should remind us we can make our lives sublime that will likewise 
leave behind us blessed footprints in the sand of time. We should 
always be faithful and true to Christ our Saviour. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

Welcome to the Mechanicsburg Revival Meeting from June 19 to 
26, 1988. We are looking forward to having Elder Allen Eberly as 
our evangelist. Please pray for a glorious meeting from the Lord, 
and don't forget to come and enjoy these meetings with us! 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



NOTICE 

There are openings for full time teachers in the Christian Day 
School of the Bethel Congregation. Interested persons please 
contact: 

Bro. Marlin Marks 
R. 1 Box 1178 
Bethel, PA 19507 
(717) 933-5510 Days 
(717) 933-8078 Evenings 



THANK YOU 

I received many birthday cards and letters which I greatly 
appreciated. I have had many visits and many prayers have been 
offered up for my sickness this past winter and spring. I really do 
appreciate mail and visitors. May God bless you all. 

Sister Almeda L. Strayer 



THANK YOU 

Many thanks to all the Brethren and Sisters who sent cards, 
flowers, gifts and letters while I was in the hospital, and the many 
who visited me and also the ones who came and sang for me. Since 
I am at home, I want to thank you for all the things you have done 
for me, also the food brought in and for the telephone calls and all 
who came and stayed awhile. You never will know what it means to 
see the young people interested in the aged ones in the Church. 
May the Dear Lord richly bless each member of our Beloved 
Church is my prayer. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JUNE 1988 

June 5 - Abraham's Faith Tested - Genesis 22:1-24. 

1 . Did Abraham lose hope of a great nation when offering Isaac? 
Hebrews 11:17-19. 

2. Have we given our plans/expectations to God? 
June 12 - Sarah Dies - Genesis 23:1-20. 

1. Though a stranger was Abraham respected? Verse 6. 

2. Why did Abraham insist on paying for the land? 
June 19 - FATHER'S DAY - Mark 9:14-29. 

1. What quality of a father is mentioned in verse 23 and 24? 

2. How dedicated are we as fathers to deliver our children 
from the evil one? 

June 26 - TEMPERANCE - I Corinthians 9:1-27. 

1. What is God's formula for self-discipline? Romans 6. 

2. As spiritual runners, are we as disciplined as the natural 
runners? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JUNE 1988 

June 5 -Sowing and Reaping - Ps. 126, Hosea 10:12-13, II Cor. 9:6, 
Gal. 6:7-9. 

1. List the "Laws of the Harvest" in this lesson. 

2. What "harvest" did you sow this week? 

June 12 - Temptation - I Cor. 10:1-4, James 1:2-3 and 12, 
II Peter 2:4-10. 

1. What are the steps of yielding to temptation? James 1:13-15. 
June 19- FATHER'S DAY - Gen. 27:1-46. 

1. What results when deception enters a family? 

2. How do we honor our father? Ill John 4. 

June 26 - TEMPERANCE - Isa. 5:11-14, Acts 24:24-26, Rom. 
6:16-18, Gal. 5:22-26. 

1. What is God's formula for self-discipline? Rom. 6. 

2. What are the fruits of a disciplined life? Gal. 5:22-23. 



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VOL. LXVI JUNE 1, 1988 NO. 11 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NOTHING BETWEEN 

Nothing between my soul and the Savior, 
Naught of this world's delusive dream; 
I have renounced all sinful pleasure, 
Jesus is mine; there's nothing between. 

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure, 
Habits of life though harmless they seem, 
Must not my heart from Him e'er sever, 
He is my all; there's nothing between. 

-Nothing between, like pride or station, 
Self or friends shall not intervene, 
Tho' it may cost me much tribulation, 
I am resolved; there's nothing between. 

Nothing between, e'en many hard trials, 
Tho' the whole world against me convene; 
Watching with prayer and much selfdenial, 
I'll triumph at last, with nothing between. 

- C. A. Tindley 



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MISPLACED CONFIDENCE 

"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a 
stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for 
wisdom and honour." Ecclesiastes 10:1. 

Ointments and medicines compounded in a pharmacy must be 
pure and uncontaminated, if not they can cause more illness than 
they cure. They may even cause death. If dead flies contaminate 
the pure ointment, then that which was to be life-saving and health- 
giving would become instead a source of death and disease. 

The wise man compares this contaminated ointment to a man 
who has a reputation for doing the right thing but who in an 
unguarded moment does something either silly or even sinful. A 
life that is usually devoted to doing good can be ruined by the 
activities of a few short moments or by one unrighteous or ill- 
advised deed. 

This points out that a man must have more than a reputation. He 
must have character. Reputation is but the opinion of others, 
which may be right or wrong. Character is a man's true being. This 
is what he really is no matter what popular opinion may be 
concerning him. 

Unfortunately there are many times when men fail to live up to 
their reputations. Although they may strive to present a public view 
that is pleasing and righteous, their characters do not match their 
reputations. They may be able to maintain that reputation for 
awhile but sooner or later their true characters will show through. 
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the true character to be seen. 

This is particularly true of politicians. For political reasons they 
will present a popular public image which will make them more 
electable. They may be able to use this image for many years and 
win elections based on the public's perception of their carefully 
cultivated image. But sometime some revelation will come forth 
that will cause the image to crumble. Even the best of men have 
secrets in their closets and sometime they will get out. 

A President may present an image of goodness and uprightness. 
He may even seem to be a Christian. If his political views are in line 
with those of many Christians there may be a tendency to overlook 
past ungodly associations. Even sin in his life may be overlooked 
or excused. Over a period of time many things may be revealed 
that show him to be less than that expected of a Christian. His 
personal habits may not be consistent with his public image. It 
may even be revealed that he is not truly guided by the Bible but by 
false practices which are roundly condemned in the Bible. This is 
the misplacement of confidence. What looked good turned out to 
be contaminated like the apothecary's ointment. 

This is a reality not only in the political world, but even in the 
religious world, where it should not be found. During the past few 
years there have been many revelations concerning the private 
lives of popular religious leaders. Reputations had been made but 
the true character eventually become known. 

These revelations have again affirmed God's Word that sins will 
be found out. Men may seem secure in their attempt to hide their 
past sins, despite their denunciations of these very things. God will 
not allow men to get away with anything for judgment is just as 
sure as death. 

David could not hide his sins from God. Eventually, God sent 
Nathan to reprove David. David reacted in a righteous manner. 
This should be an example for those who are involved in a similar 
situation. 

Men may have gained the confidence of men undeservedly. But 
their sins have been revealed to show that confidence was 
misplaced. 

These public examples point out the danger in any person's life. 
There may be sin that is hidden from public view but it can ruin not 
only the reputation but the character of that person. It is best for 
each of us to realize the weakness and fraility of our lives. We need 
to realize that we are not perfect, even though we may have good 
reputations. It is more important for us to develope good 
characters founded on the Word of God. 

We will be let down by the best of men. Although we may place 
our confidence in them, there will be something in their lives that 



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will not deserve that confidence, We must be careful in whom we 
place our confidence. 

The failures of men serve to illustrate the fact that God is the only 
One who deserves our total confidence at all times. He will not fail 
us. His character is true and constant. Our confidence in men can 
only be extended to them as far as they actually follow God and His 
Word. 

In whom do you have full confidence? Men may fail you but God 
never will. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Me First!" 

Proverbs 16:18 "PRIDE GOETH BEFORE DESTRUCTION, AND 
AN HAUGHTY SPIRIT BEFORE A FALL." We are a part of an 
egotistical and proud generation and how we separate ourselves 
from this curse of the church and nation will determine our 
relationship with Jesus Christ. It is perfectly acceptable to 
promote and praise ourselves today. We desire to be "first" and not 
to abase and submit ourselves before others. Could it be that we 
have confused pride and healthy self attitude so now we feel 
comfortable in uplifting ourselves before others? We "celebrate" 
ourselves rather than our Creator. We seek to promote our own 
rights at the cost of hurting others. We are preoccupied with our 
own importance. Thus, we must heed the warning of Solomon and 
understand that we are heading in the direction of destruction if 
our attitude does not change. 

Our society is built on the foundation of pride and this foun- 
dation is sandy and unstable. The waters of conflict and challenge 
will continue to eat away at it until it disintegrates and the fall of it 
will be great. Pride in church relationships, in marriages, in 
families, and in friendships centers those activities around SELF. 
It moves others aside and de-thrones God. The church can't 
survive it! Even our society cannot ultimately survive this pre- 
occupation with self. The emergence of this "pride cult" and 
arrogance has cut deeply into every part of our lives. 

Identified, the problem seems uncontrollable. We may be able to 
bow down and wash one another's feet but when we rise from the 
Lord's Table, we want to compare our "height." Remember, on our 
knees, we are all looking at about the same level. Could it be that 
the lacking component in the formula of our life is Christ-like 
LOVE? We condemn the Disciples for bickering about who was the 
greatest and we show forth an^ttitude very similar to that. 

Jesus served and loved in perfection. He loved people to the 
uttermost. Even in the most trying time of His life... as He was 
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might have been elevated between heaven and earth... but His 
heart was down on the ground with His people. He would arrange, 
in love, to have His mother cared for by the Beloved Disciple, John. 
He would reach out to a dying thief on the next cross and save him. 
In the midst of all of the pain and suffering, He was conscious of 
the needs of others and He loved them so perfectly that He put their 
needs before His. It is only this kind of humility that generates 
REAL LOVE. This is love that "doesn't seek its own." This is the 
love that bows before the needs and concerns of others. This is 
love "in deed." This is also the kind of love that can't be rejected. 

If we hurt each other, we hurt Jesus Christ. When we make 
others heart-sick, Jesus is grieved. He cares! Even as we have "no 
part with Jesus" when we do not humble ourselves before each 
other, so we have no part with each other when we do not become 
like Jesus. We stand aloof and our self-centeredness does not 
allow us the capacity of love. 

When you are tempted to think of your own dignity, your own 
prestigue and your own rights as a church member... just look up to 
Jesus and you will see One who would become a slave and wash 
your feet. He would become a slave and a servant for you. He 
would put His words into deeds and His feelings into actions. 

Have you noticed that some people seem to feel that the nearer 
you get to the Lord the further you need to be from men? If you are 
going to isolate yourself and become exclusive and proud, that will 
happen. But if you understand the terms of sacrifice and service, 
you will act and react as Jesus did. You will understand the need to 
be near others and to be relating to them and their problems and 
concerns. This is a necessary activity in developing true Christian 
joy... to cleanse pride from your life and to gain a servant's heart. If 
you want to claim the promise of peace in your life, you must be 
willing to suffer for the sake of others. Suffering is a part of the cost 
of anyone who will count himself a disciple. The world hated Jesus 
because of this character of self-giving and it will also hate you and 
look at you as weak and "peculiar." But, then, Christ has asked us 
to become peculiar. Peculiar has in the context of its meaning the 
idea of possessing Christ and holding fast to gain mastery over our 
souls. Pride says that "I can do all things... through me." 

It is time to remove the sandals of pride from our feet and take 
the waterpot of humility and wash off the dirt of the world. Christ's 
teaching in this area is poignant and powerful. If you lack this mark 
of a committed Christian, God can transform you into His true 
disciple. You simply need to surrender to Him and let Him have His 
will in your life. It will cost you but it is the only kind of life that will 
truly count for eternity. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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WHEN LOVE ISN'T ENOUGH 

Love motivated God to send us His Son, Jesus, so we could be 
saved. Love motivated Jesus to die on the Cross to make our 
salvation possible, and it still motivates Him to intercede for us. 
Christ's love motivates His followers to love each other, and even to 
love their enemies. It motivates believers to share the gospel, even 
when it brings hardship or persecution. Love motivates parents to 
care for their families in tenderness, to guide, protect and pray for 
God's care. Love is a very strong force. 

God is love and all that He does is governed by His love. God is 
just, but He is also merciful, which means He doesn't give us what 
we deserve. Because He loves us, He has provided a way so we can 
be justified and thereby meet His requirements. This way is 
through Christ. If it were not for "God's love, He would have 
destroyed us all long ago, but destruction is not His will for us. 
God desires to "have all men to be saved, and to come unto the 
knowledge of the truth." I Tim. 2:4. 

Love can touch the hardest heart and make it tender. It can bring 
out the best in a person and provide motivation where hopeless- 
ness and lack of interest in life had reigned before. Love is kind, 
considerate, patient, helpful and endures to the limit. Love 
encourages us and lifts us up; it makes us more secure in this 
topsy-turvy world. But there are times when love is not enough. 

We give all we have to give, and yet the situation doesn't change. 
We love and get a sharp rebuke in return. Our kindness is met by 
rudeness and unthankfulness. We are falsely accused, even 
though we try to keep peace. It seems like everything goes wrong 
even though we try so hard to do things right. Why? Because love 
really isn't effective until it is responded to! 

We know we are to love even though it is rejected. But rejected 
love doesn't produce the desired effect. God loves us and Jesus 
loves us, but until we respond to their love and accept it, it doesn't 
serve its intended purpose. It is like racing a car's engine while the 
brake is set. The power cannot flow. And when the power can't 
flow, lives and hearts don't change. 

We must make a personal choice to either accept or reject 
Christ's love. At the same time, we accept or reject His cleansing 
power. If we resist Him, our will acts like a brake and Christ's love 
cannot flow to us nor through us. There will be no spiritual power 
in our lives, just a mere pretense at best. Like the car with the brake 
set, we just won't go anywhere even though we may make alot of 
'noise.' 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." Rom. 1:16. The 
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Even though the power is available, it will not do anything for you 
personally until you accept it. It takes action on your part to make 
it effective in your life. The power flows when the good news of 
salvation is accepted by faith. 

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." He wants 
us to act on our love, not just talk about it. In the parable of the 
sower in Matt. 13, the one who received the seed into good ground 
had heard and understood, then began to bear fruit. The contact 
was made with Jesus and His Word first, then the fruit followed. If 
you love Jesus, you should act like it. Set aside your own notions 
and do instead that which pleases Him. Love alone is not enough. 

"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that 
judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him 
in the last day." John 12:48. Rejection of Christ and His Word will 
bring judgment. Yes, God loves you, and wants to bless you, but 
your heart must first be open to Him. You must respond to His love 
before anything good can be given to you. God doesn't force 
Himself on anyone; He just says "Come." How you respond is up 
to you. 

"But as many as receiveth him, to them gave he power to become 
the sons of God, even to them that believeth on his name." John 
1:12. Power denotes action, that something is happening, and that 
'something' is when we become God's children. When we receive 
Jesus, the power flows, and we begin to function as part of God's 
family. In accepting Jesus, we have accepted God's love and 
pardon, and this opens the door to a whole new life. "Therefore if 
any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed 
away; behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 5:17. 

Love is a powerful force. It touches hearts, breaks down barriers, 
and promotes good will. Love is able to endure, even in hopeless 
situations. Love survives when all else has failed. God's love 
reaches where human love cannot. How about it? Have you 
accepted His love and mercy? Some people think God loves them 
too much to ever send anyone to eternal damnation, but remember 
— love alone is not enough. You must respond with your heart. 
Have you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

PRAYER 

In Luke 18:1, Jesus taught that men ought always to pray and not 
faint. Implied here is the thought that men meet up with circum- 
stances in life that they cannot handle themselves and feel 
defeated. The remedy is to pray, in earnest, to Jesus about it. We 
may take all our problems to Him any time we have need. 



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Prayer is the connecting link between man and God. 
Prayer is talking and communicating to God. When we stu- 
diously read God's Word He is talking to us. 
Prayer acknowledges God's ability to hear and answer prayers, 

otherwise we would not pray. 
Prayer shows our faith in God. 
There is POWER in prayer. 

James 5:16, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." The condition here, IS TO LIVE A 
RIGHTEOUS LIFE. 
I Thess. 5:17, "Pray without ceasing...", implying that we should 
live a consecrated and dedicated life so that our relationship 
with God is such, that we can at any and all times pray, and 
that our prayer will be acknowledged by Him. 
PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. It surely does. 
Prayer is not only a directive or healing power, it is a preventive 
power as well. If we would pray for God to keep us from 
falling, we would need not to pray that He pick us up again. 
In our prayers, we should acknowledge God as our Heavenly 
Father, then thank Him for our past blessings and favors, then 
present our petitions and favors. 

In praying, we have guidelines established in His Word. John 
14:13, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that 
the Father may be glorified in the Son." 

We read in I Cor. 2 that a man praying is to have his head 
uncovered. Also, in the same chapter we read that a woman, when 
praying, is to have a covering on her head. 

We know that kneeling is one of God's guidelines to successful 
prayer. 
Solomon kneeled down and prayed. II Chron. 6:13. 
Daniel did. Daniel 6:10. 
Jesus did, in the Garden of Gethsemane three times. Matt. 

26:36-44. 
Stephen did. Acts 7:60. 
Peter did. Acts 9:40. 
Paul did. Acts 20:30. 

These are but a few Biblical characters who believed in and 
practiced prayer. There are countless others. 

What should be the subject matter of our prayers? Just what 
should we pray for? We should pray for: 

1. The lost. 

2. For the forgiveness of ourselves and for others. 

3. For the sick and afflicted. 

4. For the rulers of our lands and nations. 



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5. For peace in the Church and among nations. 

6. For the lost, those outside of Christ. 

7. For personal problems, solved no other way. 

8. For widows and orphans. 

9. For peace, unity and brotherly love within each of our 
congregations. 

10. For help in resisting the enemy of our soul, the DEVIL. 

God does not always answer as we might wish. Neither does He 
always answer immediately. He knows what is best for our good. 
But He does answer, "Yes," "no" and "wait a while." Paul prayed 
three times that the thorn in his flesh might be removed. God heard 
his prayer, but He did remove the thorn. He gave him sufficient 
grace to live with it. 

Examples of prayer: 

1 . In John 17, Jesus prayed the Father, not to take the disciples 
out of the world, but to keep them from the evil of the world. 

2. Dorcas was a woman full of good works. She died. She was 
greatly missed because she helped many needy people. 
They sent for Peter. He kneeled down and prayed. He then 
turned to her. His prayer brought her back to life. She 
opened her eyes and sat up Acts 9:40. 

3. Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas were in prison for preaching the 
Gospel. They were unafraid. At midnight they sang and 
prayed. God heard and immediately answered. He literally 
tore the jail apart. The doors swung open and they walked 
out free men, after comforting the jailer. 

4. Elias prayed that it might not rain on the earth and it rained 
not for three and a half years. He prayed again and the 
Heavens gave rain. 

I urge every Christian to practice an active prayer life. Have a 
time and place for daily secret prayer, ALONE WITH GOD. 

In Matt. 6:6 Jesus tells us to ENTER into our SECRET closet 
and SHUT the door. For what reason? To PRAY. If we pray in 
secret, our Heavenly Father sees us and as a result, HE WILL 
REWARD US OPENLY. 

I wish to conclude this article by admonishing as Paul did the 
Ephisans in Ephesians 6:18. "Praying always with all prayer and 
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perser- 
verance and supplication for all saints;". 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW. 
Canton, Ohio 44718 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 1, 1928 

THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER 

E. J. Reece 

Prayer has been defined to be "the offering up of our desires to 
God through Christ for things lawful and needful with a humble 
confidence to obtain them." The parts of prayer are said to be 
"invocation, adoration, confession, petition, pleading, dedication, 
thanksgiving and blessing." And the word tells us to pray without 
ceasing, in everything give thanks. "Giving thanks always for all 
things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ." How dependent we are upon God for all things! And as 
Christ told the Apostles, "without him they could do nothing." In 
Acts 17:25 we read: "Seeing he giveth to all life and breath and all 
things." And James says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is 
from above and cometh down from the Father of lights with whom 
is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." 

And Christ says ask and ye shall receive. "Let us therefore come 
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find 
grace to help us in time of need." Heb. 4:16. 

And in order that our prayers may be effectual and avail much, 
we must line up with the conditions that are so plainly stated in His 
word. James says, "The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous 
man availeth much." The Apostle Peter tells us "That the eyes of 
the Lord are over the righteous and his ears are open to their 
prayers. But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." In 
Prov. 15:29 we read: "The Lord is far from the wicked. But he 
heareth the prayer of the righteous." 

And John says, "Whatsoever we ask we receive. Because we 
keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in 
his sight." John further says: "This is the confidence we have in 
Him, if we ask anything in his will He heareth us." 

Peter admonishes "That your prayers be not hindered." The 
word tells us of many things that might hinder our prayer. Psa. 
66:18 we read: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not 
hear me." Solomon says: "He that turneth away his ear from 
hearing the law, his prayer shall be abomination." Prov. 28:9. 

Christ says: "If thou bring thy gift to the altar and there remember 
that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before 
the altar and go thy way. First, be reconciled to thy brother, and 
then come and offer thy gift." 

"Forgive and ye shall be forgiven." But if we forgive not our 



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brother his trepasses, neither will our heavenly Father forgive us 
our trepasses. 

And when we pray we should pray as Christ when he said, "Not 
my will, but thine, be done." 

As to how much we should pray and give thanks is plainly stated: 
"Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks." "For this is the 
will of God and the Father. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
Eph. 5:20. 

Christ says men ought always to pray. We know he is always 
blessing us. Paul exhorts "That first of all, supplications, prayers, 
intercessions, giving of thanks, be made for all men." Not for our 
friends only, but for "them which despitefully use you, and 
persecute you." 

Paul: "Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give 
thanks." 

We should pray and give thanks in adversity as well as pros- 
perity. The Christian can. Paul and Silas, after they had been 
beaten and inprisoned, prayed and sang praises unto God. Yes, 
God heard their prayers. 

Stephen, when being stoned, to death, knelt down and prayed for 
his enemies. After Peter and John were beaten for preaching in the 
name of Jesus, Luke says, they departed from the presence of the 
council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for 
his name; they did just as Jesus had told them. (Matt. 5:12) "Rejoice 
and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so 
persecuted they the prophets which were before you." 

Why rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in heaven... 

And so "Our troubles and our trials here will only make us richer 
there when we arrive at home." So let us continue to pray without 
ceasing, in everything give thanks. And as we often sing: 
"In every condition, in sickness or health, 
In poverty's vail, or abounding in wealth, 
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, 
As thy day may demand shall thy strength ever be." 

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Acts 10:38, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy 
Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all 
that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." 

Acts 5:32, "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is 
also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." 

We have shared articles on the danger of "self-love" which in 
reality gives man the power, the Holy Scriptures reserves for the 



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Holy Spirit. We have also addressed the issue of unconditional 
eternal security that falsely teaches that the Holy Spirit can never 
leave an individual once He enters a life. Some time ago we also 
looked at the modern Holy Spirit movement in light of scripture as 
we understand it. When we look at the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, or God the Father we enter into a realm that our finite minds 
cannot completely comprehend. It is literally impossible to cover 
everything that could (and perhaps should) be said about any part 
of the Trinity or the Trinity as a whole in a short article. Even the 
volumes that have been written on this subject do not answer all 
the questions that could be raised. 

In this article we would like to look at what we describe as 
SUPER SPIRITUALITY. There is a modern teaching, especially 
among the Charismatic movement, that we can become "little 
Jesuses." As with all such teachings there is a kernel of truth in this 
teaching. Many scriptures could be quoted to show that we are to 
grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It can also be 
proven from scripture that Jesus Christ is our example and we are 
to follow his teachings. Beyond this it is taught that God's desire 
for us is that we would be more like Christ. But we believe all of this 
falls far short of saying we can be a "little Jesus." 

This teaching has its basis in the teaching that when Jesus Christ 
came to earth he left all His glory and power in Heaven. They teach 
that it was through the Holy Spirit that Jesus was able to perform 
miracles and teach with power. Our opening verse would seem to 
give credence to this teaching. However we believe it is important 
to read scripture within its setting. In Acts 10:36 we read, "The 
word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace 
by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)" The Greek word used here for 
Christ, "Christos," means "anointed." It is the same word as the 
Hebrew word "masiah," which in English we spell "Messiah." Peter 
who is preaching to a group of Gentiles with Jewish individuals 
looking on in this portion of scripture, knew that the Jews believed 
that a Messiah would come to deliver them. It appears that those 
who were with Peter at this time were, in fact, Jewish believers. But 
they had not accepted the fact yet that Jesus Christ came to save 
all people. They still wished to limit salvation to those who were 
born Israelites or who first accepted the Old Testament laws and 
customs and then became Christians. It is also possible that some 
had fallen for the Pharisee teaching that ONLY Jewish individuals 
could find favor in the eyes of God. Therefore, Peter had to preach 
to the Gentiles while not offending his Jewish listeners. Peter was 
also aware, of course, of the fact that Jesus Christ was the 
promised Messiah to the Jewish nation. So what he preached 
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not have fully understood the impact of his message, the Jewish 
listeners probably did not miss the significance of the fact that this 
Jesus of Nazareth whom God anointed with the Holy Ghost and 
with Power was Jesus (the) Christ who is Lord of all. He was the 
promised Messiah. After this message the Holy Ghost fell on the 
Gentiles with signs following. 

The scene of our second verse, Acts 5:32, (which of course took 
place previous to our first verse) again finds Peter speaking. The 
text says that the other apostles spoke also but it would appear that 
they merely confirmed what Peter was saying. This time Peter is 
addressing only Jews and unbelieving Jews at that. While it seems 
as if the teaching of the Holy Spirit was lost to the Jews who lived at 
the time of Christ, these Jewish leaders were well aware of the 
teachings in their scriptures that referred to Him. Space will not 
allow us to go into detail. But suffice it to say that the Jewish 
leaders recognized that to link God the Father (verse 30), Jesus 
Christ (verse 31, though not mentioned by name in this verse) and 
the Holy Ghost (verse 32) was much more than an attempt to say 
that Jesus was "baptized with the Holy Spirit." 

While those within the SUPER SPIRITUALITY movement speak 
long and loud about "gifts of the spirit" and the extra power given 
to individuals very few of them stress obedience. In fact a vast 
majority of them see those who accept teachings such a I Cor- 
inthians II to be legalists. They stress Jove over the written word 
of God. But this scripture clearly says "the Holy Ghost, whom God 
hath given to them that obey him." We will leave their eternal 
destiny in the hands of God who is the perfect judge. But we are 
less than impressed with their claims of super spirituality! Because 
of the lack of real respect for the Word of God much false teaching 
has invaded this movement. 

In conclusion, let us be willing to be open to the leading of the 
Holy Spirit. Let us not be judgmental of others but discerning. May 
each of us be more willing to allow the Holy Spirit to have control of 
our lives. But never become so spiritual that we feel we do not have 
natural and physical temptations and struggles to battle. 

If you have never experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in 
your life you must first accept the gift of God's Son Jesus Christ 
and His death on the cross where He bled and died for the sins of 
the world. The Bible also teaches that baptism is a part of this 
experience. Obedience is the sign and seal of experiencing the 
forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (which is different 
from the gifts of the Spirit). May God grant us wisdom and love as 
we go forward in His name. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Conversion of Cornelius 
J. H. Moore 

The last conversion that we shall notice is that of Cornelius, a 
devout Gentile, living at Caesarea, the best unconverted man of 
whom we have any account in the New Testament. For proof that 
he was unconverted, and therefore unsaved, when visited by the 
angel, and told to send for Peter, we quote from Acts 11:14. The 
angel, speaking of Peter, said: "Who shall tell thee words, where by 
thou and all thy house shall be saved." By this it will be seen that 
Cornelius was not a saved man until he accepted Christ and 
complied with the Gospel conditions of pardon. So far as he 
understood God, he was a devout man, and his prayers were heard 
in heaven, but he was not a converted man in the New Testament 
sense. It required more than what he knew, at that time, about God 
and his will, to save him. So he was told to send for Peter, who 
would tell him words whereby he might be saved; that is saved from 
the sins of the past, and be made a member of the body of Christ. 

Peter's preaching led to his acceptance of Christ, and when he 
was baptized he was numbered among the saved. The Holy Ghost 
falling on him at the time it did, was not only regarded as proof of 
his full conversion, but as proof of the fact that the door of salvation 
was opened for the Gentiles, as well as for the Jews. Peter, seeing 
this clear evidence of the acceptance of the Gentiles, asked if any 
one could forbid water, that these believing Gentiles might be 
baptized. They were then baptized, evidently for the remission of 
sins, the same as had been commanded on the Day of Pentecost. 

In order to complete his conversion, Cornelius had to take the 
steps required of others. He believed in Jesus, turned from his 
errors, whatever they may have been, and put on Christ in the holy 
rite of baptism. He was not merely transplanted, as some teach, 
but was born again, and made a new creature in Christ Jesus. His 
conversion did not require so great a change as that experienced 
by Saul, but there was a change, nevertheless. There was a new 
birth, the necessary reformation in life, — the New Testament 
baptism, and the translation from his former state into the kingdom 
of God's dear Son. Like other men who accepted Christ, he had to 
be born again, and had no assurance of salvation until the new 
birth was completed. Generally speaking, he was the best man 
outside of the church, for his day and generation, but he did not 
become a member of the mystical body of Christ until he made the 
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Receiving the Holy Ghost before baptism was the reversal of the 
rule, and was intended in this instance to convince Peter, and those 
with him, that the Gospel promises were for the Gentiles as well as 
for the Jews. (Acts 11:17-18). And since this is the only instance 
where the Holy Ghost was given in this manner, it must be evident 
that the incident was a well-understood exception to the rule. 

But as regards the conditions of pardon, we have in this case just 
what we have found in the former instances cited. The conditions 
were the same for Saul, the chief of sinners, as for the devout 
Cornelius. They were the same for the eunuch, the high official of 
Ethiopia, as for the three thousand converted on the Day of 
Pentecost. For all, both Jews and Gentiles, there is the one Lord, 
the one faith, and the one baptism, the one law of pardon, and the 
one process of conversion. There was the usual birth "of water and 
of the Spirit," without which there is no promise of entrance "into 
the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) 

NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed Spring Lovefeast April 23, with 
the following ministers bringing to us the Word: Eugene Kauffman, 
Frank Shaffer, John Peffer, Rudy Shaffer, Ronald Marks. Bro. 
Marks officiated in the evening. 

The Lord willing we are planning a series of revival meetings, 
July 15 to 24, with Bro. Michael Wray, Pleasant Home, California as 
the evangelist. We invite all who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



• •• • • •• 



A man said; "I thank God for that word 'whosoever.' If God had 

said there was no mercy for Richard, I am so vile a sinner that I 

would have thought He meant some other Richard; but, when He 

says whosoever, I know that includes me, the worst of all." If I 

could come to you from the upper sanctuary, with a letter of 

invitation with your name and address on it, you would not doubt 

your warrant to accept it. Well, here is the Bible, — your invitation 

to come to Christ. It does not bear your name and address; but it 

says, "Whosoever;" that takes you in. It says, "All;" that takes you 

in. It says, "If any,' 1 that takes you in. What can be surer and freer 

than that? 

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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Guinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Fiora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adei, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

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Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

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Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2034 Roble Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95354 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littiestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3026 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littiestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

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(913) 675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Larry Andrews 
312 East Coleman 
Raymore, Missouri 64083 



All contribuiions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, but 
sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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NO. 12 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MY GOD, MY FATHER 

My God! my Father! cheering name! 
O, may I call thee mine! 
Give me with humble hope to claim 
A portion so divine. 

This only can my fears control, 
And bid my sorrows fly; 
What real harm can reach my soul 
Beneath my Father's eye? 

Whate'er thy providence denies, 

I calmly would resign; 

For thou art just, and good, and wise — 

O bend my will to thine! 

Whate'er thy sov'reign will ordains, 
O give me strength to bear; 
Still let me know a Father reigns, 
Still trust a Father's care. 

- Isaac Watts 



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OUR HEAVENLY FATHER 

Fathers are very important people. God has designed the family 
so each member of the family has a particular and necessary 
function. Fathers are providers, as well as disciplinarians and 
organizers of the family's activities. Fathers may seem stern and 
strict at times, but later the family will appreciate this dem- 
onstration of his love. Fathers protect and instruct their children. 

A father likes to be called "Daddy" because it denotes tender 
care. A father can play with his children and enjoy their games, but 
he can never be a pal with them. There is always the barrier of 
respect that keeps him from being just another playmate. 

A home without a father is incomplete. Families which lack a 
father have a price to pay even if the other family members do their 
best. The lack is not simply in the material provision supplied by 
the father, but his leadership and discipline. 

Fathers are held in low esteem by many today. Some women try 
to assume the man's role. Some children try to rule the home. 
Entertainers use fathers as a buffoon and make him an object of 
comedy. Despite these various attacks on fatherhood, fathers are 
very important. Fathers are necessary for the continuation of the 
human family. They are necessary for the home to function 
properly. Fathers also serve as symbols of God, the Heavenly 
Father. 

God has designed a part of the father's role to be a reflection of 
His own work and characteristics. The earthly father portrays to 



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his children God's position over the human race. A man cannot 
fully nor faithfully portray God but God has set him in a relation- 
ship that shows at least to earthly minds something about Him. 
This role is important because a young child cannot easily con- 
ceive of an invisible God, but he can learn of God, by observing his 
earthly father. This is why a father's activities and examples are so 
important. If his activities are not godly the child may get a false 
impression of the Heavenly Father. The father's role is very 
important. 

In the earthly father's position we can see many parallels with the 
Heavenly Father. God wants to be the Spiritual Father of each one. 
By creation each person is a child of God but until he makes the 
good choice to accept God, on His terms, he is a prodigal son. The 
unconverted are wandering away in sin and uselessness. God 
wants, as every father does, to have a good relationship with his 
children. He wants them to know His tenderness as well as His 
sternness. As the adoptive Father of believers He wants to be their 
"Daddy." Even though He desires this closeness, there still 
remains the aura of respect necessary for the children's proper 
growth. God is not a pal or playmate. He is the Heavenly Father. 
He should be addressed in terms of respect and reverence when 
approached in prayer. 

Our Heavenly Father is a God of love. Since the creation of the 
world, He has blessed men in many diverse ways. He has 
especially blessed men Spiritually. He has given hope to men of 
gaining eternity to serve Him more. 

Our Heavenly Father is not only a God of love but also a God of 
order. He, like an earthly father, maintains the order of His family. 
He has given ordinances and commandments to be carried out. He 
has left a government for the Church to carry out His plan. He 
wants His family to be well behaved just as an earthly father does. 

God at times may appear to be stern and severe. This view is 
held by those who have not experienced His love nor have Spiritual 
understanding. What seems to the unconverted to be harsh and 
unloving appears to the Spiritual minded Christian to be direction 
which will help him to be a better Christian. 

We give our earthly fathers honor for their part in providing for us 
and disciplining us so we could live more productive lives. We 
should give even more honor to our Heavenly Father. His design 
for us is better than what our fathers ever fathomed for us. He 
provides not only temporal blessings but Spiritual blessings that 
will last beyond this life. 

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deed point us to our Heavenly Father. A father's greatest work for 
his family is to live so they will want to be a part of God's family. We 
are thankful for what our earthly fathers have done for us. We are 
eternally grateful for what Our Heavenly Father has done for us. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Are you a committed Christian? 

Today, people wear all kinds of Christian symbols as jewelry to 
tell others that they are believers. Even bumper stickers and 
posters are used to identify people as Christian. Are these the 
things that identified the people of the Lord as believers in the early 
days of the church? Did they wear a tee-shirt with a slogan on it to 
show a deep commitment to Jesus Christ? Today we are SO 
superficial. We want to have some sort of a visible symbol and not 
the internal makings of a child of God. 

Rather than being preoccupied with the witness of "things," we 
should be absorbed in the glory of God. This means that we let 
Him manage our lives according to His will through His Spirit. It 
means that we let go of self and the things of this world and we put 
all things in the hands of our Maker. I would like to call this 
CHRISTIAN LIFE MANAGEMENT. Most things have to be 
managed properly if they are to be effective and successful. This is 
true of business, of personal funds and of our lives. Our life must 
be managed in such a way that God's person will be glorified in us 
and His will will be done through us. We must concentrate on His 
themes, His motives and for His purpose. We must reflect the Lord 
in all of our actions and activities. We must take on His character 
attributes in order to glorify Him. 

We need to wear Jesus' cross on our hearts and not around our 
necks. It is a symbol of shame, of mockery and humiliation and 
represents the most vile accusations and insults of man. The cross 
only becomes a thing of beauty as we understand that it represents 
victory and the glorification of Jesus. It was not silver but was the 
roughest of wood. It was not shiny but blood stained. We glory in 
the One who was on it... not the object He was on. The cross is 
FINISHED. Jesus is alive and well and we must commit ourselves 
to an alive Christ. 

One of the most effective ways to glorify Christ is by declaring 
His word to others. That message will radiate His glory and put 
Him at the apex of your constant thinking. As we communicate 
Christ, He becomes bigger and bigger and we relate more effec- 
tively to His power and purity. 

Commitment is offering up our lives as a love sacrifice to Him. 



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Our faith in Jesus is a faith in the ultimate Lover of our souls. He 
was a sinless sacrifice for us and illustrated in His life and in His 
death what the final wages of sin are to be. If our sins were 
suddenly flashed on a screen in the sky... would we be terribly 
embarrassed that our commitment was not what it should have 
been, Jesus' life was literally flashed on the sky as He hung on the 
cross and the message the people read there was 'Truly, he was 
the Son of God." "Sinless, no guile at all." We need to spend more 
time glorying... not in ourselves, but in the one who finished His 
perfect work on the cross. If we are going to "burn out" as many 
people are doing today, should we not be "burning out" for God? It 
is hard to imagine what some of the people of the cults put them- 
selves through in their concentrated effort to find God through 
those mediums. They will prostrate themselves on the ground 
several times each day, they will cut themselves and dance to 
exhaustion. They will cut off their members or starve themselves. 
They wiil work at selling flowers on a busy street for eighteen hours 
each day. What will we do for Jesus? Will we just serve Him in 
simple unfailing love and childlike faith? Will we joy in His 
uncomplex service? Will we penetrate the hating world with His 
love and give them a vision of an eternity in glory? 

You have God in your life and you must be sheding Him abroad 
in your hearts. You must be living by His rules and functioning by 
His regulations. You must be making a mark on this generation by 
setting the standards of your life high and living daily in selfless- 
ness, in understanding others and in forgiveness. If the world sees 
nothing different in you than they see in everyone else... you are 
not a committed Christian! 

You are a part of His Church. Are you spending time in activities 
such as criticizing, gossiping, backbiting and dividing? The world 
is looking at you and they have to see a visible manifestation of 
God's love in your life or they will have no desire to have what you 
have in Jesus Christ. 

I know that most people outside the conservative church are 
baffled by us. They are looking at the spectrum of -what we call 
"Christian" and they are not seeing the commitment that should be 
our identifying mark. WE ARE LACKING. WE HAVE BEEN 
FOUND WANTING. We have to stay in tune with the basics of the 
Word of God. We have to get behind His Church and show forth 
His characteristics in our lives. We have to admit that we have been 
wrong and that we will be willing to make the wrong, right. We 
must learn to accept whatever comes our way and maintain a 
loving testimony. 



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In other words, we have to be faithful... COMMITTED. This 
involves loyalty to God, to the church and to each other. It involves 
bragging less about who and what we are and doing more about it. 
It involves praying more and talking less about it. It involves acting 
with loyalty and finally, it means following "up-close." 

Are you everything that you promised Jesus you would be? Life 
is eternal. Are you marked to be His? Only the committed 
Christian is promised eternal life. Re-evaluate! Are you a 
committed Christian? 

Brother Len Wertz 

ARE WE DUPLICATING SODOM? 

It has always been my aim, prayer and motive to design sermons 
that would be soul-satisfying and interesting to the young people 
of our beloved Church, sermons that would be beneficial and 
helpful in molding their future lives. It was a great blessing to me to 
see some young Brother or Sister take their stand for the Lord. 

I have seen, in my short life-time, a change in attitudes, among 
older people, a greater permissiveness to endorse, allow and 
almost encourage the younger generation to do whatever they 
choose to do. I make an exception here between Plain Church 
people and the world and worldly churches. 

We read in Romans 12:1-2 as follows, "I beseech you therefore, 
Brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reason- 
able service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God." This 
scripture pretty well covers what God wants a child of His to be and 
to do. 

Satan has other and many deceptive plans he uses at every 
opportunity to cause us to sin and loose favor with God. I Peter 5:8, 
"Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the DEVIL, as a 
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." The 
devil tempted Jesus, but Jesus did not yield. 

The Apostle Paul, in Romans 7:21 states, "I find then a law, that, 
when I would do good, evil (Devil) is present with me." 

As we approach near the end of this age, the devil knows his time 
is short, therefore he is working his mightiest. We all have him to 
contend with. He uses different approaches to gain his end. He 
keeps well abreast of the times in which we are living. 

I wish, by God's help, to alert us to some of his cunning and 
deceptive ways. He is tempting young people to sin through every 
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Today we have in America telephone companies which provide a 
DIAL-a-PORN service. Pornographers have taped messages, very 
lewd, very explicit and I say very sinful. A twelve year old boy spent 
two hours calling dial-a-porn message services. After listening to 
these taped messages, he corrupted a four year old girl. 

The parents of the boy and girl sued Pacific Bell and the dial-a- 
porn companies charging them with negligence and causing 
emotional damage to the two children. Those two young folks are 
suffering psychological damage. The boy has threatened suicide 
several times. The parents feel disgraced in the community. Where 
does the fault lie? It lies with those who prepare these wicked 
messages and the companies that make them so easily available. 
As a result of the lawsuit, the companies were fined $100,000.00 
and forced to take such programs off the air. 

Brent Ward, a United States Attorney for Utah, successfully 
forced two dial-a-porn companies out of business. In his testimony 
before the ATTORNEY GENERAL'S Commission on Pornography, 
Ward noted that 'The most alarming aspect of the dial-a-porn was 
the exposure of large numbers of children across the country to 
these vivid dramatizations of illicit sex conduct, lesbian acts, 
sodomy, rape, incest, beastility and other rank sex acts." 

The underlying object of these companies in engaging in such 
ungodly acts was the money they derived from broadcasting smut. 
The moral and spiritual damage suffered by those who turned in 
can never be accurately assessed. SHUN EVIL AND KEEP 
THYSELF PURE. 

Another strong influence against chastity and Bible teaching is 
the teaching of sex in our public schools. In many schools the 
study of sex is compulsory from the fourth grade up. And in the 
same schools they dare not have prayer or read from the Bible. 
Instead of transforming the mind, such teaching is corrupting the 
mind of our young people. THE DEVIL SEEMS TO HAVE HIS 
WAY in our day. 

Sex education should be taught to the children at an appropriate 
age and taught by the parents. What they hear on the street and 
see on television gives them a false impression and banters them to 
experiment, resulting in determental consequences. 

In one instance where a school teacher was teaching the subject 
of sex, one of the older boys over-powered her and took full 
advantage. She reported him to his parents. They very emphatic- 
ally asked her why she was complaining since she taught her class 
the subject. 

Engaging in such acts is yielding to the lust of the flesh. James 
1:15, "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, 



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when it is finished, bringeth forth death." 

Obscenity is a great evil of our day. You can hardly pick up a 
newspaper or magazine today, that does not have obscene pictures 
throughout its pages. The devil uses the press to arouse passion, 
the lust of the eye and lust of the flesh. Older people can control 
their emotions, but it can become a serious temptation and 
challenge to the younger folks. 

Give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus and He will help you to 
overcome Satan's temptations. You cannot overcome him in your 
own strength. 

Much obscene mail, though it is illegal, arrives in mailboxes, 
unsolicited. We do not send for it, but mailers get names and 
addresses from mailing list suppliers. Included in junk mail are 
floods of offensive catalogs and obscene pictures. Writing to the 
mailers of this trash does not stop it. The surest way to stop this 
material coming is to tell the postmaster to list your name as 
opposed to receiving such mail. Thirty days after your listing, any 
company that continues sending you such material will be subject 
to court action and a fine of $10,000.00. This listing is good for five 
years, unless you move to a new address. Then you must re-file 
your complaint. We can be thankful that the Postal Service gives a 
helping hand in this matter. 

Television is responsible for much indecency brought directly 
into the sanctity of many homes. The American Family Association 
at this present writing, is taking the Federal Communications Com- 
mission to court, for permitting indecent programming during the 
late hours of the night. The Federal Communications Commission 
has extended the hours of DECENCY enforcement from 10:00 P.M. 
to 12:00 midnight. By this very action, television broadcasters 
admit to the showing of indecent pictures. Certainly, such pro- 
gramming runs counter to God's purpose and plan. 

Many parents are unaware that their children are taping these 
indecent shows for later showing. How much better it would be if 
PARENTS took their CHILDREN and all become active in some 
fundamental Church, making the same decision for their home as 
Joshua did when he said, "As for me and my house, WE WILL 
SERVE THE LORD." 

As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the 
son of God. They were marrying and given in marriage. 

Think of some of the conditions we are facing today. Children 
killing parents, arson, drinking, smoking, drugs and profanity are 
just some of the conditions our young folks have to cope with. 



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Available are such magazines as Hustler, Playboy and Playgirl, 
which are not only morally indecent, but are definitely anti- 
christian. The law should prohibit their publication. 

Part of James 1 :27 admonishes to keep ourselves unspotted from 
the world. That necessitates being on our guard at all times. 

I have to comment on one of the gravest sins of our day, 
according to a number of writers I have read after. That is the 
disease called AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). If 
God's created people would not commit fornication, adultery and 
not use needles to shoot themselves drugs, authorities state that 
there would not be AIDS. 

This is one time man has not been able to provide a remedy. God 
has so far ruled that the victim is doomed to death. Not a very 
bright future for "the pleasures of sin for a season." 

I quote a minister, by the name of Sanuel West, as follows, "When 
a man goes beyond or contrary to the laws of God, nature and 
reason, he becomes the slave of base passions and vile lusts; he 
introduces confusion and disorder into society, and brings misery 
and destruction upon himself. The servants of sin and corruption 
are subject to the worst kind of tyranny in the universe. Hence, we 
conclude that where licentiousness begins, LIBERTY ENDS." 

I quote and am in accord with a speech made by Larry Arnn, 
Chairman of the Claremont Institute, as follows, "American History 
teaches that most of the great — and all of the good — political 
turning points in our country's past were brought about by move- 
ments that began within churches. That, surely, must be the case 
again if we are to recover ourselves from the disaster that 
approaches." 

In conclusion, give serious thought and prayer to the scripture as 
recorded in Phillipians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things 
are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatso- 
ever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be 
any praise, THINK OF THESE THINGS." 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, Ohio 44718 

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Little things are like weeds, the longer we neglect them, the 
larger they grow. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 15, 1928 

CHRIST, THE DOOR 

G. W. Reitz 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that entereth not by the door 
into the sheepfold but climbeth up some other way the same is a 
thief and a robber, but he that entereth in by the door is the 
shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth and the sheep 
hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name and leadeth 
them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth 
before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. 
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they 
know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto 
them. But they understood not what things they were which he 
spoke unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, verily, verily, I 
say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before 
me are thieves and robbers. But the sheep did not hear them, lam 
the door, by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go 
in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, 
and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and 
that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:1-10) 

If we take the whole passage down to the end of the sixteenth 
verse as containing one parable and its explanation, the parable 
seems to divide itself into two parts, in the first of which our Lord 
likens himself to the door of the sheepfold, in the second, to the 
shepherd. We will here consider the first part only. The sheepfold 
in that age and country was very different from ours. It was 
enclosed within high walls, and was entered by a door. This door 
was kept by a porter who would of course open it to none but those 
who had a right to go in. If a thief therefore came, he would not try 
to enter by the door, but would climb up by the wall in some other 
place; and whoever did so, would be proved thereby to be a thief 
and a robber; for if he were the shepherd, the porter would readily 
open to him, and he would go in by the door. It is not difficult to 
see that by the sheepfold is meant the Church of Christ, within 
which his sheep or people are as it were, kept and fed. And it is 
equally plain that the shepherd of the sheep means the true 
minister of the gospel. In the latter part of the parable we shall see 
that Jesus himself is the good shepherd. But here, when he says, 
"He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep," he is 
probably speaking of an under shepherd, a minister; for there 



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would seem to be some confusion in his speaking of himself in the 
same sentence both under the figure of a door and under that of 
the shepherd who goes in by the door and there is no confusion in 
the teaching of our Lord. In explaining the parable he tells us 
plainly what is meant by the door. "Verily, verily, I say unto you I 
am the door of the sheep." He himself is the door of the sheepfold 
and by him every true shepherd goes in. But the Jewish teachers 
did not go in by him. When once he had come and proclaimed him- 
self as the Son of God, the promised Messiah, they ought to have 
believed in him and received him and taught the people to do the 
same. Then they would have been true ministers of God, going in 
by the door to tend the flock. Instead of this, they rejected and 
opposed him. Thus they proved themselves to be no shepherds, 
but thieves and robbers. For every true shepherd went in by the 
door, Christ Jesus, but they climbed another way. This applies to 
ministers of the gospel now. If any one does not go in to the flock 
by Christ as the door, he is no true shepherd. He may bear the 
name and fill the office outwardly as even the scribes sat in Moses 
seat; but unless he has received Christ himself by faith and 
become partaker of his spirit, and unless he preaches Christ as the 
way, the truth and the life, he is no real minister of his. He does 
indeed appear in the sheepfold, and profess to feed the sheep; but 
he has not come in by the door, he has climbed up some other way 
What is he then? A thief and robber. If he preach any other 
doctrine than that of Christ crucified, he is but stealing the hearts 
of the people, robbing them of the truth, misleading and deceiving 
them. And if he has undertaken the ministry and still carries it on, 
not from faith in Christ, and a desire to spread his kingdom and win 
souls to him, but from some selfish or worldly motive, then also he 
is not a true shepherd; for he has gone without being sent, he has 
taken an office to which he was not called, he has not entered by 
the door, he has no right to be where he is. "If any man have not 
the spirit of Christ," says the apostle, he is none of his. And if any 
one who is outwardly Christ's minister be destitute of the spirit 
surely, he too, is really no minister of his. "All that ever came 
before me," said our Lord, "are thieves and robbers; but the sheep 
did not hear them." Probably he still meant to allude to the Jewish 
teachers just before his coming and the very time of it; for he could 
not be speaking of the ancient prophets. Now it is expressly said 
that the people were astonished at the teaching of our Lord, "for he 
taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes," showing 
that the Jewish teachers, not being true teachers, had no weight 
with the people. They were thieves and robbers, not shepherds 
and the sheep did not hear them or follow them. There was nothing 



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in their teaching to touch the conscience or to meet the wants of 

the soul, for they did not speak from God, whether our Lord in this 

first part of the parable alludes to himself at all or being the chief 

shepherd or whether as before supposed he here speaks of himself 

under the figure of the door only, and means by the shepherd a 

common minister it is clear that he describes what will be the effect 

of every true minister's work. All who go into the sheepfold by the 

door, and simply and faithfully preach Jesus Christ, will find that 

the sheep hear them. The faithful ministry of the word will never be 

in vain. There will, indeed, be many failures and disappointments; 

yet some at least of those who hear will hear to the saving of their 

souls, and will be brought into the true spiritual fold of Christ. 

There is attractive power in preaching great gifts will often draw the 

crowd to hear whatever the substance of the preaching may be; but 

that which will win hearts is the simple preaching of Christ. God's 

word does not return to him void. The parable beautifully shows 

the close and loving union between a true minister of the gospel 

and those to whom he ministers. Going in and out among them in 

his Master's name, he is gladly welcomed by them. To him the 

porter openeth. Some think there is a special meaning in these 

words, and that they signify the entrance which the Holy Spirit 

gives the minister of Christ into the hearts of the people. I am 

rather disposed to take the words as showing more clearly and 

forcibly that the true minister enters the sheepfold, the door, Jesus 

Christ, and that when he so enters there is none to hinder him or 

dispute his right. There was a porter to the ancient sheepfold; but it 

does not necessarily follow that in the spiritual meaning there 

should be any person answering to him, for not every part of a 

parable has its counterpart. But even when taken in this general 

way the words express a free and continued intercourse between 

the minister and his flock. As the shepherd went in and out at the 

door, and the porter always opened to him, so the faithful pastor, 

ministering the gospel to his flock and doing all things in the name 

and in the power of his Lord, finds a welcome with all who are truly 

sheep of Christ. He knows them one by one, and tenderly cares for 

each. He leads them into the green pasture of the word of God, and 

feeds them, and tends them, and watches over them. They are not 

afraid to follow him, for they know him to be faithful and true. He 

will not teach them false doctrine, or lead them astray. They can 

trust him well, for they know that he calls them to follow him only 

as he follows Christ. The shepherd goes before and the sheep 

follow. "And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before 

them and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice." The 

shepherd leads the sheep out to the pasture and himself shows 



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them the way, while they follow at his call. In like manner the 
faithful minister not only points out to his people the way, but leads 
them in it, himself walking before them and showing them a bright 
example. Let ministers be careful to teach as well by their life as by 
their words. It is sad when these do not agree. But it is happy 
indeed when the preacher is himself an example of the truths he 
preaches, and goes before his flock in the way in which he is 
continually exhorting them to walk. But the door of the sheepfold 
was for the sheep as well as for the shepherd. There was but that 
one entrance. So Christ is the door both for ministers and for 
people. None are truly sheep of Christ's flock but such as enter by 
him. "I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, 
and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Though Christians will 
follow, and that rightly a faithful pastor, yet he is not their hope, 
their strength or their way, Christ himself is all this, and Christ 
alone. They are not only to enter by him at first and thus become 
sheep of the fold, but ever after they are to go in and out by him, 
and through him to be preserved from danger, and receive food for 
their souls, and grow in grace. Their life is to be in Christ. By him 
they are to approach the Father; in his name they are to pray on his 
merits and meditation to rely. He came that they might have life, 
and have it abundantly. He is their life; for one figure can by no 
means express all that Christ is to his people. He is their door, but 
he is their life too, and a thousand things besides, for he is in face 
their all. Let us make sure that Christ is the door to us. Let us try 
no other way, but enter by him alone. Then let us go in and out by 
him enjoying through him all the safety and happiness of the sheep 
of his fold. Let the sheep beware of following a stranger, lest he 
should prove a thief and a robber. Let them be attracted by no 
outward show, and misled by no strange doctrine; but let them 
cleave to the simple truth as it is in Jesus, and bring all preaching to 
that test. And let all who minister in holy things look to it that they 
prove themselves true shepherds of the flock by entering in at the 
door, Jesus Christ. Let them not preach themselves, but Christ 
Jesus the Lord. Let them, both in their souls and in their ministry 
know nothing as a ground of hope, save Jesus Christ, and him 
crucified. Let them be simple, faithful diligent pastors. Let them 
point all to the Lord Jesus; behold the Lamb of God which taketh 
away the sin of the world, and strive to build up believers in him. 
Then their work will not be in vain. Them that honor me I will 
honor. Though their work may be small, and their sphere narrow. 
Yet they shall have souls for their hire, and in the great day there 
will not be wanting some who will be their crown of rejoicing. 



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HONOUR CHRISTIAN MOTHERS 

We have the record in God's Word of some mothers who were 
faithful and true to the Lord and some who were not. In the Garden 
of Eden, Satan won his first victory with his deceitfulness in getting 
Eve to obey him. True Christian mothers are obedient to the saving 
Gospel of Christ. We have the record of some good Christian 
mothers in the Gospel of Christ. 

As I undertake this subject, my memory goes back to my 
boyhood days when the blessings of God were supplied in 
abundance in our home. There were eight children in the family. It 
kept Mother very busy preparing the necessities of life. Grand- 
father died when I was eight years old and Father built an extension 
on the house so Grandmother could come and live with us. When 
she came she bought us New Testaments and labored earnestly to 
get us interested in the saving Gospel of Christ. I am now in the 
room where she labored so earnestly. She told me she read the Old 
Testament through three times and the New Testament seven 
times. She spent much time in reading the Bible and singing 
gospel songs. Her favorite song was "Look Ever to Jesus." Her 
prayers were thankfulness for God's blessings. She said she was 
looking forward to being with Grandfather in Heaven. 

I remember Mother saying when children are small they tramp on 
your lap and when they grow up they tramp on your heart. In my 
short life this has been the case too many times. 

We who have been blessed with Christian Mothers can never 
repay the debt of gratitude that we owe them. The bountiful 
blessings I received in the home when I was young will always live 
in my memory. Those who have Christian Mothers today should 
show their appreciation by giving obedience and honour to them. 
Christian Mothers are faithful and true to the saving gospel of 
Christ and become a good example to others. 

Sixty years ago I took two boys eighty miles to see their Mother 
whom they had not seen for many years. While we were returning 
home these boys sang a song from the depth of their hearts. That 
song was "You Will Never Miss Your Mother Until She Is Gone." I 
was impressed very much how they seemed to appreciate what 
seemed so little to me, because they had been put away from home 
when they were small. Then to know of many who had Christian 
Mothers who cared for them till they were grown but did not 
appreciate the bountiful blessings they received. We who have and 
had Christian Mothers should be thankful and show our appreci- 
ation for them by obeying the saving Gospel of Christ. 

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obedient to the saving Gospel and are not a good example for their 
children. They are sowing to the flesh. The end of that is 
corruption. They should sow to the Spirit to inherit life everlasting. 
Do we show our appreciation for Christian Mothers as we 
should? My Mother and Grandmother passed away many years 
ago. Their good Christian example will always live in my memory. 
If we remain faithful and true to our Saviour we can again live with 
them in a much better place than this world. 

Narrow is the way that leads to life everlasting and few there be 
that find it. We who have and had Christian Mothers, let us honour 
and respect them and show our appreciation for them by obe- 
dience to our Saviour, that was and is their desire for us to do. 
There was an old saying, "If you love your Mother, meet her in the 
sky." Christian Mothers deserve respect and honour. We can 
never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe them. The joyful 
mother of children, praise ye the Lord, the Psalmist David said. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

RD#3, Box 509 

York, PA 17402 



NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

We enjoyed another Lovefeast time and District Meeting here at 
Grandview, Missouri once again. The crowd numbered nearly 100. 
We were blessed with several ministers: Brethren Warren Smith, 
Dale Jamison, Len Wertz, Joe Flora, and Ray Reed. We thank all 
who came and for prayers offered by those who could not come to 
make it a good meeting. Visitors are always welcome. 

THANK YOUR 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 

We wish to express our many thanks and great appreciation to 
those who remembered us by sending cards, letters and many 
telephone calls our way during our difficult times. Also for the 
many prayers. We could never repay your great acts of kindness 
and may God richly bless you as you continue to remember us in 
your prayers. 

In Christian love, 

Brother and Sister George Throne 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JULY 1988 

July 3 - A Wife for Isaac - Genesis 24:1-67. 

1 . Notice Abraham's concern that Isaac have a Godly wife, v. 14. 

2. How involved should parents be in children's choice of 
companions? 

July 10 - Abraham's Death; Jacob and Esau - Genesis 25:1-34. 

1 . What was the significance of the birthright? 

2. What two present day nations are represented in verse 23? 

July 17 - Jacob and His Wells - Genesis 26:1-35. 

1 . What are the spiritual applications of God's command in verse 
2? 

2. What was Isaac's response to the loss of his wells? 

July 24 - Rebecca and Jacob; The Blessing - Genesis 27:1-40. 

1. What was the blessing Esau longed for? 

2. How can fathers today give "the blessing" to children? 

July 31 - Jacob Hated by Esau - Genesis 27:41-46; 28:1-9. 

1. What was the root cause of Esau's hatred? 

2. Why was only Jacob sent to Laban's house for a wife? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR JULY 1988 

July 3 - Come Unto Me - Isa. 55:1, Matt. 11:28-30, Luke 14:17, 
Rev. 22:17-19. 

1. Why is this invitation important? Acts 4:12. 

2. Where else can we go for Life? John 6:68. 

July 10 - Healing of Blind Man - John 9:1-41. 

1. Why should we be working? verse 4. 

2. Why were the Pharisees really upset? verse 34. 

July 17 - Feet Washing - John 13:1-17. 

1. Why are we to "wash feet?" Matt. 23:11. 

2. Are we willing to gird ourselves and serve others daily? 

July 24 - Anointing - Mark 6:12-13, James 5:13-18. 

1. Why is oil a part of the anointing service? 

2. What will save the sick? verse 15, 16. 

July 31 - The Phillipian Jailer - Acts 17:23-40. 

1. When we suffer does our witness draw men to the Lord? 

2. Do we "count it all joy" to suffer for Jesus? 



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Union, OH 45322 



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VOL. LXVI 



JULY1, 1988 



NO. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



STEP BY STEP 

When the shadows thickly gather, 
Clouding all thy onward way, 
Think not what shall be tomorrow, 
Seek God's help just for today. 

Should the coming days bring burdens, 
Or be fraught with grief or care, 
Trust Him in the hour of trial, 
He will make thee strong to bear. 

Daily strength He ever giveth, 
For each day rich grace bestows; 
And each morrow, as it dawneth, 
Still His loving kindness shows. 

Then why should we shrink or falter 
When the onward path looks dim, 
Knowing light will never fail us 
While we walk by faith with Him? 

- Kate Ulmer 



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DROUGHT! 

The prime topic of conversation this Spring and Summer has 
been the drought. Across this country there has been a lack of 
rainfall, along with abnormally high temperatures. High temper- 
atures and dryness is expected in desert areas of the country but 
lately these conditions have affected most of the country. Dry 
conditions have affected parts of the country where abundant 
rainfall is expected. 

The seriousness of these conditions will increase if they con- 
tinue. Not only is the heat and dryness uncomfortable now but the 
effect upon future food supplies could be very serious. Crops will 
not develop sufficiently to provide adequate food for humans or for 
the animals used as meat by humans. 

Drought is common in Africa and Asia but it is not expected in 
America. With our highly developed, scientific methods of farming 
and crop management, we cannot imagine this happening to us. 

This present drought has lasted a few weeks so far. Perhaps by 
the time this is read, there will have been a break and the rains will 
have come. But, what if the drought continues throughout this 
growing season? What if it continues through another year or two? 
With the amount of agricultural land taken out of production by the 
increase in land needed for residential use, the lower yields of 
crops would be incapable of meeting the food needs of the 
country. Surpluses may provide some of the needed food, but the 
surplus will only last so long. 

Not fully knowing the mind of God we can only speculate on the 
reasons for this present drought. Perhaps it is only a natural 

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occurence or it may be a special message from God. It may be the 
fulfillment of prophecy. The economic distress caused by a 
prolonged drought could bring about the conditions that would 
make plausiable the mark of the beast! Prolonged drought could 
soon reduce all but the most wealthy to poverty. Food would 
become very dear. How many would give up their faith in order to 
have food? 

The drought does show that men are not fully in control. Men 
have devised many methods to increase the yield of crops but 
when rain is withheld these plans fail. Men have devised many 
implements to plow, till, plant, cultivate and harvest crops but 
without rain these implements become useless. Without the God- 
given rain and fertility men's plans become vain. Men must realize 
that they may plan and labor but it is God who gives the increase. 

This physical drought may imply a Spiritual drought. The Word 
of God is readily available in our land. It can be bought or 
borrowed or received as a gift. There are no restrictions against it 
being read or listened to. Bible studies and preaching services are 
readily available. There certainly is no drought of the Word of God. 
But there is a drought of understanding and obeying it. The 
drought is in the hearts, minds and lives of Americans. The Bible 
may be revered as literature but it is ignored as instruction for 
living. People are sure they are able to do as they please. Some 
may piously say that they read and follow the Bible but their living 
belies their professed piety. 

Special drought can be seen in many areas of people's lives. It is 
shown by what has priority in their lives. Personal or public 
opinion usually counts for more than the Bible's instructions. Sight 
would tell us that the Bible's instructions concerning dress and 
personal appearance are being generally violated. The Bible's 
instructions concerning fornication and adultery are openly 
argued against and shunned in practice. Characteristics like truth- 
fulness and honesty are not widely found. In general the popu- 
lation of this country is guilty of all the sins written in the Word of 
God. There are very few who even know, much less practice, the 
lessons of the Bible. Certainly there is a great drought of Bible- 
centered living in the United States today. Little wonder that God 
would permit a physical drought upon such a people. 

So far the drought, while a nuisance and potentially harmful, has 
caused little permanent damage. This in God's mercy gives this 
country an opportunity to repent. 

While the Christian may not enjoy the task of delivering such a 
message, he should be pleased that God cares enough to give this 
warning, else destruction come totally and suddenly. May this 
drought awaken and bring to God the people of this great land. 



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CORNERED! 

"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." It 
takes alot more to change a person's mind than a "high-pressure 
sales pitch" and it takes even more to change a person's heart. A 
good witness can stimulate someone to think about his soul's need, 
but the end result depends on God. Bringing more pressure to 
bear very often just makes the situation more tense and causes 
resentment to build up. Cornering people is not God's way of 
spreading the Gospel. 

An animal will fight when cornered. So will people. Putting 
people on the spot may coerce some into submission, but it will not 
produce a heart-change. Such pressure may produce verbal 
agreement, but it will not motivate a person to a better way. 
Eventually the resistance will surface again, because the coercion 
actually reinforces it. Thus nothing is really accomplished except 
to further alienate the person who needs help. 

Man's way is to pressure people, to coerce, or force an issue, to 
try to talk someone into something. This rarely accomplishes any 
lasting good. God's way is to invite, to coax, to lead. He wants us 
to come to Him of our own free will, not because we've been 
trapped into it. We like to be able to say, "I really told him", or "I 
sure straightened him out," but God is not pleased when we corner 
people. Even when we must deal with a problem, we won't try to 
impose our will on another person, if we are doing God's bidding. 

The Bible says in Ecc. 3:7 that "there is a time to keep silence, 
and a time to speak." This means there is a proper time and way to 
confront someone, and there is also a time to back off and let God 
do the rest. Some Christian people have a problem speaking up 
when they should, but a whole lot more have the opposite problem. 
They don't know when they've said enough and they just keep on 
nagging and pressuring others. It is as though nothing will ever be 
right if they don't do the convincing. The face is God does the 
convincing and He alone can make things right. 

Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which 
hath sent me draw him:". (John 6:44) God may use teachers or 
preachers or friends to witness, but no one is drawn to Jesus by 
pinning him or her in a corner, or by pressure to change one's way. 
No matter how convincing our witness is, if the Lord doesn't work 
in a person's heart and soul, nothing will really change. 

Jesus alone can change hearts and lives. Whenever we persist in 
pressuring someone, whatever our reason, we may just be inter- 
fering with instead of helping with, the work of the Holy Spirit in 
that person's heart. "He that hath knowledge spareth his words:" 
Prov. 17:27a. In other words, when we know what we're doing, we 



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will say what needs to be said, but no more. Sometimes, this may 
mean not saying anything at ali, because we can see that silence is 
best. 

'The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious;" Ecc. 10:12a. A 
wise person is sensible and has good discernment. His words will 
be kind, compassionate, and understanding. He will not put people 
on the spot, but will invite them to Jesus. At times, he will 
encourage others to seek a closer walk with Jesus. Jesus said, 
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." Matt. 11:28. His invitation is simple, but also 
gracious, the way ours should be. 

Whenever we are asked to give up something we've been ac- 
customed to, whether it's right or wrong, we feel threatened even 
when treated with kindness. To be cornered by someone intent on 
reforming us is even worse. God does ask us to let go of certain 
things in life, but He does not jerk it away from us. God wants us to 
trust Him enough to let go, and then allow Him to fill that void in 
our lives. Man's way of trying to change our thinking makes us 
more resistant, but God's way enables us to both change and trust 
Him. 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth 
say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, 
let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17. How nice it is to 
receive an invitation, and know someone wants to be with you! 
Whatever the occasion, we respond much better to an invitation 
than to a demand. Jesus invites any and all to come to Him, to 
receive life in its fullness. He doesn't pressure or corner us, just 
invites and waits and loves. Let's do the same. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Christians in an election year.... 

It would seem very timely to address the issue of politics in this 
year of local, state and national elections. I feel that there are many 
people who are a part of the conservative faith who are being 
misled by radio teachers and by community leaders to believe that 
they are not fulfilling their obligation to their country if they are not 
in some way involved. Of course, Romans 13 teaches us to be 
subject unto the higher powers. We pay tribute where it is required 
and we obey the laws of the nation. But as citizens of the Kingdom, 
this is about as far as we are Biblically allowed to go in involvement 
in the world's system. 

We need to establish that we cannot justify social action against 
the system. That is also outside our role as a non-resistant follower 



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of the meek and lowly Saviour. Violation of the law, attempting to 
subvert or overthrow the political powers is out of the question for 
us. I realize that we are living in an almost "post-Christian" era but 
we are still to hold firmly to our faith, standards and ethics and 
uphold Christ's work midst the turmoil of the day. Our beliefs can't 
erode just because the values of this nation have eroded to an all 
time low. As a nation, we have lost our Christian orientation and it 
seems we would almost be challenged to protest this situation and 
break either God's laws or the nation's laws in doing this. The 
church might well lose its freedoms, religion may be classified as 
anarchy... and yet, we do not have the authority to fight for "rights" 
which are beyond God's Kingdom. Our religious rights are those 
principles given to us in the Word that allow us to worship the 
Father according to His will. The so called "rights" of the world are 
not given to us to make life easy and comfortable so we are not to 
spend our efforts in preserving them. It is so easy to prostitute the 
church in this way and become activists for a cause that becomes 
extra-Biblical. We are not a political force, individually or col- 
lectively. We are a vital force, an army, for the Lord and His causes. 

Our message to the world is neither social or political. We live as 
spiritual men and women in a temporal state. Our message is 
salvation to the lost, peace to the frustrated, joy to the sad, love to 
the unloveable. Our priority is to live quietly and peaceably among 
men. We can not engage In promoting social change or political 
mandates. Our energy is to be channeled into preaching the 
gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, we promote a life of sinlessness and 
yes, we expose the evils of this age... but only in the context of 
offering the alternative of Christian living and commitment to the 
Bible believing church. 

Our world is unfair, right? So was Rome in the time of Christ. He 
entered into the world as a part of a hated minority, of high taxes, of 
persecution and slavery. But He didn't come to change the 
government or to eliminate all of the problems of life. He came to 
appeal to the hearts of people and He mandated us to carry out that 
kind of ministry today. 

I admit to you that there is severe tension today. The economy is 
almost a wreck... as was prophecied. The social order is unfair... as 
prophecied. The world is full of war... as prophecied. But do not 
concern yourselves with these things. Let your minds be occupied 
with the souls of men. Put your energy and resources to use in 
promoting the Kingdom of God. Be a zealot for the Lord. 

Just as was true in the time of the Roman Empire. Christians 
today are being watched. The world wants to see how we will react 
to the events of the day. Will we lose our cool? Will we formulate 
an agenda and activate a force of social or political action? Jesus 



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Christ taught against this kind of thinking and He was hated for it. 
We may also be hated for standing apart from this system but it is 
necessary if we are to be as He was and followed Him. Ultimately, I 
believe that the only way we will be tolerated by the world is to 
stand firmly on the principles and the promises of God relative to 
politics and in all other facets of life. The only think we can do is 
live peaceably with all men and be honorable, upright, Christ 
centered citizens. If you constantly criticize people in the system, 
if you become active in promotion for social or political change, 
you will give the world reason to persecute you and to criticize the 
work of Christ and the church. This must always be foremost in 
our minds... how we are presenting the Lord. It is not how we look, 
but how the Lord looks that is important. Are we giving Him a bad 
name with our actions? 

The only time that it would be impossible to obey the laws of the 
nation is if they are in direct conflict with the Scripture or if we are 
not free to worship God. Throughout history men have been 
persecuted, imprisoned or even killed for their faith and this, of 
course, seems unjust to us. But all in all, to obey Christ at all costs 
is our mandate as a part of His family. 

The Bible teaching on submission extends itself to our duty to 
those who have authority over us in the government. I see con- 
servative Christians beginning to make distinctions between good 
laws and bad laws, good rulers and bad rulers. This is not the 
issue. Fair or unfair is not the issue. The issue is remaining true to 
God. The laws of our land have been very favorable to us over 
many years but if these laws change and things continue to get 
more difficult for us, we must still submit and stay a part of the 
unchanging family of God. 

Brother Len Wertz 

FORGIVENESS 

Recently we commemorated another Passion Week of our Lord. 
His Resurrection followed His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, His 
great suffering, His beautiful prayer in Gethsemane, His mock trial, 
His cruel crucifixion, His death and burial. 

In this Garden, Jesus was arrested. His disciples forsook Him 
and fled. He was tried before Pilate, Herod and Caiphas, then back 
to Pilate. He found no fault in Him. At this time, Pilate could 
release a prisoner. He held as a prisoner a man named Barabbas, 
who was a NOTABLE prisoner. He gave the people a choice. 
"Whom shall I release unto you, Jesus or Barabbas?" They cried 
out, "Barabbas." "If I release unto you Barabbas, what then shall I 
do with Christ?" They said, "Crucify Him, crucify Him." 



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Pilate then ordered Him scourged, which was a terrible, painful 
ordeal to endure. Following this scourging, Jesus was delievered 
to be crucified. 

On Calvary's Hill, Jesus was hung on the cross, there to suffer 
and bleed and die. Blood dripped from the thorn pricks in His 
head, from the nails in His feet and His hands and flowed out from 
His side which was thrust with a sword. 

After great suffering, darkness fell over the land and several 
sayings of our Lord while upon the cross, HE BOWED HIS HEAD 
AND GAVE UP THE GHOST. At this time the veil of the temple was 
rent in twain, from the top to the bottom. There was an earthquake, 
and the rocks were broken apart. 

Jesus was buried in a new tomb, hewn out of solid rock, by a 
follower of Jesus, named Joseph who was from Arimathaea. He 
wanted to do this for Jesus so desirously that he begged Pilate for 
Jesus' body. Pilate consented. 

Some remembered that Jesus said that after three days He would 
rise again, so they got the authority from Pilate to secure the tomb. 
They placed a large stone over the mouth of the tomb, they sealed 
the stone and set a watch. On Resurrection morning the tomb was 
void. Angels said, "He is not here, He is risen." Man's efforts to 
keep Him in the tomb failed. He was seen alive after the resur- 
rection by individuals, by the disciples several times and on one 
occasion above five hundred people. 

Why did Jesus have to endure Passion Week? For the simple 
purpose to make atonement for our sins. It was the plan of God 
that we might have FORGIVENESS of sins and inherit ETERNAL 
LIFE. 

The above brief outline of Passion Week was designed to bring to 
our minds afresh the cost of redeeming us from the penalty of sin. 
To be redeemed we have to be forgiven of our sins. And for us to 
be forgiven, we MUST forgive each other. 

Now, I come directly to my subject, "FORGIVENESS." Forgive- 
ness means to pardon, to erase, to blot out. There are many 
scriptures on forgiveness in God's Word and it is essential that we 
heed them. 

In Hebrews 9:22 we read, "... without shedding of blood is no 
remission (forgiveness) of sins." The blood has shed by Jesus on 
the Cross during Passion Week. During this same week He gave us 
a perfect example of forgiveness. In behalf of all who had so 
shamefully treated Him and were now taking His life, He held no 
bitterness. He wished them no harm. He cried out, "Father, 
FORGIVE them for they know not what they do." A perfect 
example of forgiveness. 



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Matt. 6:14, 'Tor if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly 
Father will also forgive you:" Implied in this verse is the fact that if 
we do not forgive men their trespasses, our Father in Heaven will 
NOT forgive us our trespasses. Unforgiven, we stand condemned. 

Wejnave another scripture in the Lord's prayer, namely Matt. 
6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." In 
proportion to our forgiving, we will be forgiven. If we forgive not, 
we will not be forgiven. Thus, we can see the importance of having 
a forgiving spirit. 

In Matt. 6:15 we have a final verse on the matter of forgiving or 
not forgiving each other. "But if ye forgive not men their 
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." An 
unforgiven person will never enjoy the bliss of Heaven. 

Luke 17:3-4, 'Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass 
against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he 
trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day 
turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou SHALT forgive him." To 
forgive a person so many times may run counter to human nature, 
but it is a command of God. God probably has to forgive us more 
often than we have to forgive our fellowman. 

Bringing the matter of forgiveness down to our own immediate 
lives, we read in I John 1 :9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous- 
ness." Oh, hard it is to acknowledge that we do wrong, but if we 
confess it, God will forgive. 

Eph. 4:32, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, for- 
giving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven 
you." 

To forgive is to lift a heavy, depressing feeling and it unburdens 
our heart and mind. So, also, in being forgiven. 
Our hope of Heaven depends on our forgiving and being 



forgiven. 



Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, Ohio 



• •••••• 

A girl went into her master's room to steal. There was a portrait 
in the room; and the eyes of the picture seemed to follow her 
wherever she went; and in order that she might steal without this 
rebuke, she took down the portrait, and cut the eyes out. Had she 
been able to pluck out God's eye, she might have stolen without 
remorse. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 1, 1928 

NONCONFORMITY 

D. W. Hostetler 

In Romans 12:2, Paul speaks of nonconformity to the world and 
says we should be transformed by the renewing of the mind in 
order that we may prove the perfect will of God. That is, the will of 
God is to be proven to be a fact, a living reality. In Acts 1 :8 he says 
the apostles should be able to prove that Christ is what he 
represented himself to be — the Son of God and the Savior of the 
world. Now it is true that we cannot prove the perfect will of God 
and conform to the world, follow her in her ways. That is just what 
Paul is saying we should not do. We are to be transformed. 

It is not right or desirable to narrow this text down to one 
particular thing. I think that the proper application of this text is 
anything that the world does that is wrong or is a hindrance to 
spiritual progress, as Martin Luther in his translation has inter- 
preted this text, "Stellet euch nict der Welt gleich," which means, 
"Don't present yourselves to be world-like, but change yourselves." 

Then, this text says: "Be not conformed to the world." First, we 
may say, in civil offices, especially such offices as would require 
the officer to violate the noncombatant or nonresistant principle. 
(I Peter 3:9-1 2; I Thess. 5:15-22.) It might be well to restate here the 
principle of the church in 1789, under article 3: "Further, it has been 
discussed and unanimously deemed good and evangelical, that all 
brethren, in all places, should shun all worldly offices, so as not to 
serve in any of them, provided it is possible to be relieved from 
them — such as supervisor, assessor, or also jurymen, and so forth. 
Yet it is considered with some difference, such as supervisor, or 
overseer of the poor, perhaps, might be served with least objection 
provided there is no suing or something else contrary to the word 
of the Lord. If a brother should be elected to one of these offices 
contrary to his will, then only those things he would have to do 
contrary to the gospel should be rebuked in love and kindness 
according to the will of the Lord." 

This is the first decision passed by Annual Meeting and we find 
that Article 8 of Section 1 of the Declaration of Principles in perfect 
harmony with the mind of the brethren in Conference in 1789. 

Second in worldliness in games, plays, performances, unions, 
and other organizations that are manifestly worldly; shows, fairs, 
and movies, is contrary to the gospel of I Thess. 5:22. I think that 
should be sufficient, but let me state again that in 1835, the 



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brethren in Conference decided against members attending 
shows, and in 1859 against fairs. So we see that the Dunkard 
Brethren are in harmony with the brethren in the fifties. 

Third, "Be not conformed to this world in carnal warfare, for the 
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to 
the pulling down of strongholds." (I Cor. 10:4.) Jesus answered, 
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, 
then would my servants fight that I should not be delivered to the 
Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36.) I 
think we should here read Isaiah 5:9 aloud. There is a great deal 
said in these days about world peace, and conference after con- 
ference is being held to establish world peace; but it has been said, 
someone dropped a monkey wrench into the peace works at 
Geneva. Nations have gone home and are making greater 
preparation for war. As long as the Prince of Peace is rejected by 
the nations of the earth, they will not have universal peace. Some 
day Christ will come again to earth and the beast and false 
prophets will be cast into the lake of fire and the Devil into the 
bottomless pit. It is then that we shall enjoy Isaiah's prophecy of 
2:4. 

Fourth, the text would say, "Be not conformed to the world by 
affiliating with oath-bound secret organizations." (John 18:20.) 
II Cor. 6:14-15 says: "Be ye not inequally yoked together with 
unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unright- 
eousness, and what communion hath light with darkness? And 
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that 
believeth with an infidel?" Then in verse 17 Paul further says: 
"Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith 
the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you." 

In 1804, Annual Meeting put herself on record as being opposed 
to members uniting with secret orders. See further Annual Meeting 
minutes of 1828, 1847, and 1855. These give the position of the 
church in those days and we find the Dunkard Brethren in perfect 
harmony with the conception of these scriptures that the old 
church held. 

Fifth, In matters of temperance, our position is in harmony with 
Paul's teaching in I Cor. 9:25, "And every man that striveth for the 
mastery is temperate in all things." Temperance is the practice of 
self control, or moderate use of a good thing, but when it comes to 
things that are not good or things that are wrong, we must have 
prohibition. We are living in an extravagant age. People are 
spending much of their time and money for things that are worse 
than a waste of money. The rich can afford it and the poor make 
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and forty-five years ago the brethren put themselves on record as 
opposing the distilling of ardent spirits and classed it as an idol and 
in this decision the distilling of ardent spirits was prohibited by the 
church. Now it is encouraging to know that the nation has come 
over on our side of the question, and as we work in the cause of 
prohibition and in the matter of ardent spirits we need to be very 
careful along other lines and not be a stumbling block to others. I 
recall that a few years ago a great many people were very busy 
helping to rid the town and countryside of the saloon, but were so 
immodestly dressed that their efforts hindered the cause they 
sought to aid more than they helped. In our work of temperance, 
let it be total abstinence from things that are wrong and the 
moderate use of a good thing. 

Sixth, I think the test of nonconformity would apply to the 
modern use of orchestras and all musical instruments in so-called 
worship. Musical instruments in the house of the Lord are out of 
harmony with the true idea of worship and praise, Paul says, "Be 
filled with the Spirit." Again he says, "Let the word of Christ dwell 
in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another 
in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your 
hearts to the Lord." It is sometimes said that David used instru- 
ments in his worship. True, but stop a moment. Didn't David 
practice polygamy and commit adultery? The fact that David did 
these things does not make them right for us. Note what the 
prophet Amos says in 6:5 in reference to David's instruments. In 
conversation with an elder some time ago on this subject, he said 
to me: "You read in Rev. 14:2 about the harps in heaven, we have a 
right to use them here in the church." Very well, let us continue 
that logic. If a literal interpretation of harps is to be made, a literal 
interpretation of horses in heaven, mentioned in Rev. 6:2, must also 
be made. Making the same application, horses must be baptized 
into the church. 

Seventh, Nonconformity means to refrain from going to law. It is 
too plain to be misunderstood, for it says: "Dare any of you having 
a matter against another go to law before the unjust and not before 
the saints?" Then he tells us that the saints should judge the world, 
and if that is true, they are able to judge the smallest matters. 
Brother going to law with brother before unbelievers is utterly 
wrong. Would it not be better for the saints to suffer wrong and be 
defrauded than to violate the nonresistant principles? For a saint 
to go into a regular law business is exceedingly inconsistent in the 
light of the above teaching, and cannot be tolerated. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Conversion, a Process 
J. H. Moore 

By conversion is meant a change from one state or condition to 
another. The doctrine of conversion provides for three changes. 

First, a change of the mind. This change is brought about by 
hearing the Word and believing it. The man who believes that 
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, has in his mind undergone a 
change from unbelief to belief. The change has been wrought by 
the Word being received into a good and honest heart. 

Second, a change of conduct. The change is effected by 
repentance. The man who believes is convicted of sin. This 
conviction leads to godly sorrow, and we are told that "godly 
sorrow worketh repentance to salvation." (II Cor. 7:10). In the act 
of repentance the convicted man ceases to do evil and proceeds to 
do right. With him it is "right-about," turning away from the 
kingdom of Satan and seeking the kingdom of God. 

Third, a change in relationship. This change is consummated in 
the new birth, being born of water and of the Spirit. It is a putting 
on of Christ in baptism, or being baptized into Christ, and con- 
summates the process that places one into the kingdom, and 
thereby makes him a child of God. 

In this whole process there are the divine agencies, the Word, the 
seed of the kingdom, and the Holy Spirit. It is a case of God 
working in the hearts of men and women "both to will and to do of 
his good pleasure." (Phil. 2:13). In all these changes the human 
and divine parts are in evidence. The faith that changes a man from 
an unbeliever to a believer is wrought by the divine Word in the 
heart. Repentance is produced by God working in the heart and 
soul to will and to do. In the change of the relationship, the new 
birth, we have the ever-present Spirit, at the most active period in 
the entire process of conversion. It is the making of a new creature 
in Christ Jesus, the burial of the old man, and the resurrection of 
the new man. By the yielding of the human forces, or the 
surrendering of all that is human to the divine influences and 
agencies, it is the consummation of a work in the scheme of 
redemption for which there is no parallel. 



I SAW HIM 



I had no intention 

of seeing Him there — 

in that most unlikeiy place. 



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but I did! I saw Him there in a shelter for the homeless where 
children, teens, middle aged, the old — come to get food, lodging, 
clothing, and to find solace. 

I never thought I'd see Jesus there! 

But there He was in our very midst. 

I saw Him serving a cup of coffee, a bowl of nourishing soup, a 
sandwich or a donut. 

I saw Him giving me clean clothes and a pair of shoes. 

I saw Him bandaging my sore, aching feet or taking me to the 
hospital for medical care. 

I saw Him going to court with me as a friend and advocate. 

I saw Him giving me a warm shower and a clean bed. Sitting with 
me in the chapel as I refreshed my troubled soul. 

I saw Him — sitting in our midst... and I felt His presence. 

I felt His concern, His love — for me. 

He cared for ME, just a "nobody" from the streets. 

I saw Him — Jesus — and He saw me. 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 
OBITUARIES 

MAY RICE 

Sis. Ella May Rice was born May 9, 1895, died March 11, 1988, 
aged 92 years, 10 months and 2 days. She was a daughter of the 
late Joshua A. L, Sr. and Frances E. (Moser) Rice. She is survived 
by one sister, Goldie J. Rice and one brother, Joshua A. L. Rice, Jr. 

She united with the Church of the Brethren at the age of thirteen 
and affiliated with the Dunkard Brethren, February 2, 1930 in which 
she remained faithful until death. 

Funeral services were conducted March 14, 1988 at the Mountain 
Dale Dunkard Brethren Church with Elders Jacob Ness and Frank 
Shaffer officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. 

PEARSON RICE 

Bro. Pearson Silas Rice was born near Mountain Dale, Maryland, 
January 26, 1897. He died April 30, 1988 at the age of 91 years, 3 
months, 4 days. He was a son of Isaiah and Mary (Shankel) Rice. 

He married Lillie Hahn who preceded him in death December 16, 
1964. He is survived by six daughters and one son, also two sisters, 
one brother, fifteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, 
five great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 



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He united with the Church of the Brethren at the age of twenty- 
two years and united with the Dunkard Brethren Church, February 
2, 1930. He was called to the office of deacon, March 15, 1931 
which he held until death. 

Funeral services were held May 4, 1988, at the Dailey Funeral 
Home, Thurmont, Maryland, conducted by Elder Joshua A. L. Rice 
assisted by Elder Frank Shaffer. Interment was made in the 
Mountain Dale Dunkard Brethren Church Cemetery. 



NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

We send a welcome to all who can join with us in a ten day 
Revival at the Englewood Congregation. Brother Gordon Jamison 
will bring the messages, July 22 through July 31. 

If the Lord permits, we will, also, have our Harvest Meeting July 
31. We covet your prayers. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation, invites you to our Revival 
Meetings, the Lord willing, July 31 to August 14. Elder Fred Pifer 
from Adel, Iowa will be our evangelist. Pray and come and hear the 
Gospel messages from the Holy Word of God by our Brother. 

May 22, we enjoyed another beautiful day, and a real blessing as 
we shared in another Lovefeast occasion. We thank all the visitors 
who came, especially the visiting ministers: Allen Eberly, Paul 
Hartz, Joshua Rice, Rudy Shaffer, Emmert Shelly and Kenneth 
Wilderson, with Bro. Merle Sweitzer officiating in the evening. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation has planned their Harvest 
service for August 7 with Elder Edward Johnson as speaker. There 
will be morning and evening services, and a basket dinner at noon. 
Come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, Broadwater Chapel Congregation plans a one 
week revival, July 31 to August 7. There will be a Lovefeast service 
Saturday, August 6. Bro. Rudy Shaffer will be our speaker. Come 
and enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Lavona Sines, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



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Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Guinter, Kansas 67752 
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Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

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Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

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Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

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Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
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Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

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Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
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RELIEF BOARD 

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Hayes Reed, Chairman 
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Harley Flory, Secretary 
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Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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James Meyers 

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VOL. LXVI 



JULY 15, 1988 



NO. 14 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HE DEPENDS ON YOU 

For the honor of the King press forward, 
Ever ready for His least command; 
Rouse to duty! swift the days are flying, 
Showing others on which side you stand. 

For the honor of the King by loyal, 

As you mingle with the busy throng; 

Life is not a time of ease, but conflict; 

Claim His promise till your heart grows strong. 

For the honor of the King live nobly, 
Cast aside each sin whate'er it be; 
While His precious name is in your keeping, 
Let the world in you His likeness see. 

For the honor of the king faithful prove in ev'rything, 
Speed the work He bids you do; 
For the honor of the King other lives rejoicing bring; 
He depends on you, He depends on you. 

- Lizzie DeArmond 



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COMPARTMENTS 

In each of our homes we have a place to put things. It may be a 
desk drawer, a cupboard, a room or a building. The idea is to have 
a certain place where each thing may be stored. To avoid clutter 
and confusion a certain amount of organization is necessary. If 
kept neat and orderly these compartments keep things so they may 
be readily found. 

The pigeonholes of the old fashioned country post office were 
compartments for separating the mail of each postal patron. Some 
people's minds have pigeonholes in which they classify others. 
They separate people according to their preformed prejudices. 
Whether by name, skintone or occupation they form an opinion 
that puts each person in a compartment. Once put in a pigeonhole 
it is difficult to escape from it in that person's mind. 

There are other mental compartments that can be formed in 
people's minds that can be dangerous to their Spiritual health. 
Mentally people can make compartments for the various areas of 
their lives. Every life has many interests and the tendency is to 
separate one interest from another. Each interest becomes 
important at a certain time. 

Some of the areas making up our lives are our work, recreation, 
home, hobbies, social life, financial and business affairs. At certain 
times during the day or week our greatest interest is in a certain 
activity. It is necessary to give our full attention to our employment. 
If we are lax there our mistake may be a threat to other's lives or 
well being. Too often we are more serious about our hobbies or 
sports interests than about more serious things. These amuse- 
ments often keep us entertained so we do not seriously consider 

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the more important issues of life. Business and financial affairs can 
often come to the fore. While there is a need to be diligent in 
business affairs, too often the love of money brings sorrows to the 
soul. 

Just as these various activities have a place in our lives so we put 
our Spiritual lives into a compartment. We reserve our Spiritual 
activities for Sunday and certain other appointed or traditional 
times. Instead of the Spiritual being the basis of our total lives, it 
becomes just another compartment. It comes to the forefront at an 
appropriate time but is put away at other times. 

Although our ancestors were noted for their application of 
Biblical principles in their daily lives, today, we do not always see 
the connection between our Christian profession and our daily 
activities. We think of how we can best and easiest perform the 
task before us. We give little regard to what Biblical principles 
might apply. We are very quick to defend and proclaim the 
doctrines we are taught and mentally approve of, but many times 
we fail to apply those same doctrines to daily situations. 

We are very adamant in proclaiming the doctrines of non- 
resistance especially as it applies to military service. But when 
there are disensions and disagreements in the work place, are we 
non-resistant? Or do we become very belligerent. When chal- 
lenged by another to physical violence are we willing to be called 
"chicken" or must we vindicate ourselves. When considering the 
policies of our nation do we become bellicose, urging firm, 
destructive military action although we would not personally want 
to participate? Are there other areas where our profession is 
commendable on Sunday but on other days it bears little relation to 
what we do or say? 

We need to be very careful that our profession gives color to 
what we wear, where we go and what we do. Especially with the 
amount of leisure time available there is more opportunity to do 
things that would have been impossible a few years ago, when we 
were farmers. Time that could be used in many Spiritually 
improving ways is too often used to bring us into closer contact 
with the world. In subtle ways we are tempted to do things that 
may only marginally violate our Spiritual scruples. But having 
yielded a little it is easier to yield more when successive temp- 
tations come. 

These times of yielding come because we have broken our lives 
into compartments, among those compartments is one for our 
Spiritual life. Rather than being the over-ruling power of our lives, 
it has become but one little part. The Lord must truly be the Lord of 
our lives not just another person demanding a few minutes of our 
time. 



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Is your Spiritual life a compartment requiring only minimal 
service or does it influence all of your choices and activities? 
PASSING ALONG OUR FAITH 

(A Study of Nahum) 

Have you ever wondered what possible application certain 
Scriptures have for today? Having read through the book of 
Nahum in my daily readings, I was left pondering this question. 
About all I understood was that Nahum certainly had no great love 
for the city of Nineveh! He spends the majority of his time 
pronouncing woes and curses on this wicked city. What possible 
lessons are there in all this for the contemporary society of today? 
Realizing that ALL Scripture is inspired of God, even the Minor 
Prophets, I decided to do a little checking up on Nahum before 
going on to Habakkuk. 

Not much is known about the prophet Nahum. His name means, 
"full of comfort," or "consolation." It may be that the Capernaum of 
the New Testament (Literally: Village of Nahum) was named after 
him. 

At the time of the writing of Nahum, the Northern Kingdom of 
Israel had already been taken captive by the Assyrians (or Nineveh) 
for as many as one hundred years. The message was given to 
Judah, who had about 35 years left until their own captivity in 
586-587 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. 

Nahum is writing about a city whose inhabitants had been 
converted over one hundred years before his time by the preaching 
of Jonah. Even though Nineveh had repented under the preaching 
of Jonah, these people failed to pass along their knowledge of the 
true God to their children and grandchildren. The people had 
quickly gone back to their cruel and heathen practices. So God 
pronounces judgment on Nineveh through His prophet, Nahum. 
The prophecies of this book were fulfilled in 612 B.C., perhaps ten 
or twenty years after they were written. 

Nahum begins with a great description of the majesty of God 
(Chapter 1:2-14). Included is a statement about the anger of the 
Lord. When God executes His judgment, He does it completely. 
There will be no need to do it twice (verse 9)! Notice that to this 
day, the city of Nineveh still lies in ruins. 

The remainder of the Book of Nahum is about the judgment of 
God on Nineveh. Judgment is predicted. The "destroyer" was 
approaching. Nineveh was warned to man the fortress, watch the 
road, strengthen her back, and summon all her strength! 

The nature of the coming judgment is depicted. The invasion of 
Nineveh is described in fearsome detail. The chariots enveloped in 
flashing steel refers to the practices of the Medes and Babylons of 



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attaching swords or scythes to the wheels of their chariots. 
Imagine the effect this would have when being madly driven 
through a crowd of people. 

The gates of the river being opened and the palace dissolved 
gives insight to the interesting account of how Nineveh was 
conquered. The walls of Nineveh were so massive that no one 
could batter them down. But the Medes and Babylonians released 
the city's water supply and also permitted the Koser River to greatly 
increase its flow through the city, dissolving the sun-dried brick of 
which much of the city was built. 

Nahum then takes time to tell why judgment will come to 
Nineveh. The people were murderers, liars, warmongers, slave- 
holders, and they were involved in all sort of sexual sins and 
witchcraft. 

The Book closes with the message that judgment is coming to 
Nineveh, and there's nothing they can do to get out of it! The 
prophecy states that all who hear about Nineveh's doom will clap 
their hands, or rejoice! 

The message that grips my heart from the Book of Nahum is that 
Nineveh turned terribly wicked so soon after the general re- 
pentance under the preaching of Jonah! One would think that the 
people would have remembered the account of how God's anger 
was turned when the whole city repented in the face of impending 
doom! But in about three or four generations we see that Nineveh 
was as wicked as it ever had been! 

Proverbs says that, "Children's children are the crown of old 
men" (Proverbs 1 7:6a). From this we see that the test of whether or 
not a man is successful in passing along his faith can be seen by 
the faith (or lack thereof) of his grandchildren. 

The people of Nineveh in Jonah's day failed to make their faith 
real and alive to their children. 

The only way we can expect our children to pass on a deep faith 
in God to their children is for us to be continuously applying God's 
principles to our every day lives — by living our a Christ-like 
example. We can't just pass on the rules and traditions. We need 
to explain Biblical principles and live accordingly before our 
children or they will not realize why it is so important to live 
according to the laws of God. 

How are we doing on our test of passing along our faith? Can we 
say with John, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children 
walk in truth."? (Ill John 1:4) 

Brother Robert Lehigh 



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CHRISTIAN AMERICA IS SPIRITUALLY ADRIFT 

Part 1 

I am inspired to write this article after reading numerous articles 
by men who are in the "know" as to the serious situation America is 
actually in. What is publicly known is corrupt enough, let alone 
that which is hidden and unknown to the average citizen. 

America was founded and settled by men and women who 
daringly ventured over the briny deep, in search of religious 
freedom. They maintained a deeprooted faith that propelled them 
to leave their homes and kin in search of a land where they could 
worship God as their conscience dictated. As time moved on, that 
small band of believing people grew in number and was greatly 
blessed of God. They practiced the motto imprinted on our present 
day coins, "In God we trust." As a result, America became the 
greatest and most Christian nation on earth. 

How about today? Within our own lifetime, we have seen a 
definite, downward change. The more intellectual and knowledge- 
able people become the further they draw away from God. As a 
consequence of Christianity forsaking the old paths, what do we 
have? 

We have many atheistic schools, God forsaken homes, drugs, 
child abuse, every type of crime, abortion, pornography, forni- 
cation, adultery, homosexuality, unmarried men and women living 
together as man and wife and permissiveness of every description. 
There is a spiritual desolation unpreceded in our nation's history. 
America has about arrived at the place of no return. She is close to 
the place where the Israelites were as recorded in Judges 17:6. "In 
those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which 
was right in his own eyes." 

It appears that many people think that they can get through life 
on their own, without God and Christ. They rely on other ways and 
means to see them through. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth 
and the life." Any and all other ways, except the Christ way will 
lead to dead ends. 

Instead of searching the scriptures and living and worshiping as 
Christ demands, Americans are relying on their politicians, philos- 
ophers, psychiatrists, astrologers, seers, fortune tellers, dope, and 
so forth, to ease or eliminate their problems and secure them peace 
of mind. Pursuing such a course will come to a dead end, also. All 
of the above have been tried in the past, but failed. In earlier years, 
the intellectuality of Greeks, the technological brillance of the 
Romans and the worshiping of idols were insufficient to still the 
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It took God's giving of His Son, Jesus, dying on the cross, to 
provide a way for man's salvation and peace of mind. John 14:27, 
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world 
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it 
be afraid." From the time of the giving of His Son, there has been 
only one LIGHT OF THE WORLD and one hope for mankind. 
I Cor. 15:19, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all 
men most miserable." 

Those who do not look to Christ for their comfort and salvation 
are looking in the wrong direction. They will be greatly dis- 
appointed in the final end. Jesus will say on that day, "... I know 
you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." 
Luke 13:27. 

The Israelites learned over and over that it was by repentance 
and submission to God that they could survive and prosper. We 
should fervently pray for a rebirth that made America a great nation 
in the first place. 

If every professed Christian would submit to God's will, there 
would be no way to describe how God could turn this nation 
around. God made a promise to the Children of Israel in 
Chronicles 7:14 and it is applicable to us in our time. Study and 
meditate on it. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall 
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, AND TURN 
FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS: then will I hear from heaven, and 
WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, and WILL HEAL their land." 

To be continued. 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Priorities 

How many times I have looked at the lives and activities of the 
Pharisees and condemned them because they were so tied up in 
the externals of their existence and had very little to do with reality 
in life. Of course, it is always easier to look afar rather than near by. 

What are the priorities of the church today? Are they stressing 
practical, immediate needs of our brothers and sisters? What is the 
fundamental calling of the Dunkard Brethren Church? Today's 
priorities are setting the future direction of the church. 

One of the first priorities of the church is to minister to the family. 
Without strong families we have no future church. Young people 
are the future leaders and evangelists and disciples. We must be 



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about the task of aggressively building strong character into the 
lives of youth. The place of the Sunday School, Christian School 
and family fellowship must be high on our priority lists. These are 
the institutions that build family fiber and structure. 

Too many times today we see the attitude that our family activity 
is a drudgery. Mothers see priorities outside the home as most 
important. Fathers see the job as most important. Both see the 
mission as a far away place for the saving of the souls of another 
culture. Seldom do we see our greatest mission field right in our 
own home. This is the nucleus spot of teachinq. It is the place 
where ministry and outreach begins. It is the unquestioned most 
significant work of individuals and the church as a whole Could 
we even conclude that it exceeds the importance of preaching 
counseling and outside missions? 

Because of the importance of the teaching of youth in the 
church, we should make sure that Sunday School teachers meet 
rigorous standards and have as in-depth learning as possible. 
Teaching is as important as preaching and we would not like to 
think that we are very casual in the ordaining of the ministry 
Church leadership needs to be spiritually gifted and skilled in their 
calling and this should also be a priority in the ministry of teaching. 
Our priority in teaching should be application rather than intel- 
lectual and mental gymnastics. Too much teaching is just 
"cerebral." Our priorities in teaching might well need redefining. 

It seems easier to send someone to the mission field to reach the 
lost and ignore our families and neighbors close at home. We are 
all missionaries and disciples and we need to have that missionary 
vision and disciple's heart that will encourage us to reach out to 
local church members who are hurting, who are struggling with 
many aspects of survival in the culture we live in today. We are 
equally called to tell the world about Jesus as is the person living in 
a formal mission setting. We are called... only to a different arena. 
Home and church outreach is a priority and is very important. It 
is interesting that two persons might start out serving the Lord at 
the same time. One would go off to some field of endeavour far 
away from home and the other might stay in the local congregation 
and work in the local church and community. The one on the 
mission field comes home in high esteem and great fanfare as he 
shows pictures of the work and the interesting challenges of his 
environment. In contrast, the "other brother" that stays home and 
works his job and quietly serves the local congregation and the 
people of his community is not looked upon as having an 
outreach... a full time Christian outreach. His spirituality is not 
regarded nor is he prayed for by the Body for the job God has 
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TO WORK AT HOME, BE FAITHFUL TO THE CHURCH, GIVE 
MONEY FOR GOD'S WORK, SEND SUPPORT TO EFFORTS 
AWAY FROM HOME, TO TEACH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 
AND TO RAISE UP GODLY CHILDREN WITH PRINCIPLES 
BASED ON GOD'S WORD. We can never take our local fellow- 
Christian for granted. It should be our priority not to do so. He, 
too, has a vision. He, too, is working for the future of Christ's 
Church. We need to support each other. We need to give 
encouragement to sisters who are working to maintain and manage 
Godly environments in which children may live and grow. 

The real seeds for growth, maturity, wisdom and insight are all 
around us and we are challenged to bring out these qualities and 
allow a revival to occur in our local congregations. If we have 
proper priorities, we will have increased confidence. We need 
confidence among our people who make up the warp-and-woof 
fabric of our church life. 

Confusion breeds confusion. When we raise up youth in 
instructive and doctrinal confusion, we can expect them to have 
incorrect priorities. This gives them a mistaken view of the church 
and its place in the world. Our church will explode with activity and 
effectiveness once we prioritize our family and youth as the 
ultimate mission we have. With this kind of understanding and 
outreach, our church will grow and new converts will be beating a 
path to our doors. Evangelism is right at our fingertips and we are 
looking beyond it. 

Let our priority be a family-focused church. Let there be 
involvement from all segments of the laity and leadership. Let us 
minister in the vineyard around us and we will be blessed with 
sweet fruit of our labour. 

Brother Len Wertz 
CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN 

It is prophesied in God's Word about the first coming of Christ to 
earth which has taken place. He has brought a saving gospel for all 
mankind. He sacrificed His life for our redemption from sin. 

According to the prophecies of Jeremiah and Daniel, Jesus' 
return to earth is sure. Jesus, Himself, told His disciples, "and they 
shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power 
and great glory." Christ said many times that He is coming again. 
When He ascended into Heaven the angels said, "Ye men of 
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, 
which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like 
manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." The Apostle Paul 
tells that the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout and shall 
be unexpected. 



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His second coming will be to gather His saints to be with Him 
forever. We are told in the last days perilous times will come. "For 
men shall be lovers of their own selves... false accusers, inconti- 
nent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,... Having a form of 
godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 
"When he comes, shall he find faith on earth?'' 

The day nor the hour will be revealed toanyman, not the angels 
in heaven but the Father only. Jesus gives the warning many times, 
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the 
Son of man cometh." Will we be as the wise or foolish virgins? 
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in 
this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of 
man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with 
the holy angels." 

He will come with power and great glory. The whole world must 
stand before God and His saints to be judged. The books will be 
opened. The book of life will be opened. Those who are not found 
in this book will be cast into everlasting punishment. Saints that 
are found in the book of life shall dwell and reign with the Lord 
forever. Those who will not take God at His word and those that 
add new commandments to God's Word or omit and take away 
some commandments will not enter the eternal city of God. 

May we be among those who will appear at the first and best 
resurrection. May we take the advice of Jesus, "Therefore be ye 
also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man 
cometh." 

We are told in God's Word that in the latter times some shall 
depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines 
of devils speaking lies in hypocrisy having their conscience seared 
with a hot iron. According to Bible prophecy the human family to a 
large extent will be sinful and wicked. There shall be a falling away 
from the Church. They are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of 
God, covetous, proud and blasphemers, children disobedient to 
parents, unthankful, unholy without natural affection, trucebrakers, 
false accusers. 

Christianity will be at a low ebb among the leaders and officials 
of the Church at His second coming, just as it was at His first 
coming among the leaders of the Jews and scribes and Pharisees. 
They bind heavy, grevious burdens upon men's shoulders but do 
not move them with one of their fingers, doing their work to be seen 
of men, seeking honour and glory of men. Jesus said, "But woe 
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the 
kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, 
neither suffer ye them (the saints) that are entering to go in." Many 



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shall be desperate, wicked and highminded. As it was in the days 
of Noah the world was filled with violence and the thoughts and 
imagination of their hearts were evil continually. The fearful 
unbelieving murderers, whoremongers, scorcers, idolaters and all 
liars will have their part in the lake of fire. 

In the latter days the Christian lights will not shine much and the 
salt will be losing its savor. The Spirit and Bride invite all to come 
and accept the way that leads to eternal life. All will depend on the 
decision we make here as to where we will spend the ceaseless 
ages of eternity. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
501 Chambers Rd. 
York, PA 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Regeneration 
J. H. Moore 

Strictly speaking, regeneration may be designated as the creative 
act of God, and through the agency of the Holy Spirit, performs its 
part in the process of conversion. The doctrine of regeneration 
runs almost parallel with the doctrine of the new birth. There can 
be no new birth without regeneration, while, on the other hand, 
regeneration cannot be completed without the new birth. 

Regeneration is to generate again, or to make over. It is the 
inward work of grace in the soul, resulting in a new creature. There 
are outward processes but regeneration is a work that goes on 
within. God, through his Word, performs a creative act in the soul. 
James 1:18 puts it this way: "Of his own will begat he us with the 
word of truth." In I Peter 1 :23 we have the same thought presented 
in a different way: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of God." 

The term "regeneration" occurs but twice in the New Testament. 
We first refer to Titus 3:5 where we have this reading: "Not by works 
of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy 
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the 
Holy Ghost." This shows that while salvation is of God, still it is 
accomplished in connection with an agency, here called the 
"washing of regeneration." The Revised Version (marginal 
reading) has it "laver of regeneration." It is interesting to note the 
Syriac rendering of this verse: "Not according to works which we 
have done, but according to his mercy, he vivified us, by the 
washing of the new birth, and by the renovation of the Holy Spirit." 
The term, "washing of regeneration," evidently refers to the 



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washing associated with the process of regeneration. This, of 
course, means baptism. While regeneration is an inward process, it 
is, by divine appointment, associated with baptism, which Paul 
calls the washing of regeneration. The man who is completely 
regenerated, — made over, — made a new creature, — a new man, 
— must, at the proper place, in the process of regeneration, submit 
to the ceremonial rite, which God, in his wisdom, has seen proper 
to associate with his part of the work. 

The second use of the term is in Matt. 19:28, where Jesus says, 
speaking to his disciples: "Verily I say unto you, That ye which have 
followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in 
the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, 
judging the twelve tribes of Israel." The term, in this instance, is 
thought to refer to the period, terminating with the second coming 
of Christ, in which the work of regeneration is going on in the 
world, and therefore has no special bearing on the creative act of 
God in the process of conversion. 

The work of regeneration, like the process of conversion, results 
in the new man in Christ Jesus. Whatever be the difference 
between conversion and regeneration, the final results are the 
same. The process proceeds along the same lines, in ac- 
complishing a given result, — the regenerated man. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 15, 1928 

FAITH 
J. F. Britton 

In Heb. 11:7, we have a concrete record of Noah's faith in his 
God. "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as 
yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by 
the which he condemned the world and became heir of the 
righteousness which is by faith." Think of a man facing about and 
undertaking such an enormous task as to build a large boat that is 
destined to navigate over a lost world, buried in its watery grave. 
For the plans and the dimensions of that stupendous boat, see 
Gen. 6:13-22. 

As faith seems to be the cardinal and actuating principle in the 
constructing and building of that wonderful ark or boat, the 
question is, what is faith? "Faith" has been defined as follows: 
"Faith" is the principle or cause of action, and action is the develop- 
ment or result of faith. Faith comes by hearing, and is a mental act, 
and in its abstract sense, or form, is inactive or dead. (James 2:19.) 
Faith in its concrete sense moves to action. 






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In our subject, we have a wonderful object lesson of Noah co- 
operating with God. God plans and dictates, and Noah does the 
executing. And so, the most marvelous naval prodigy was 
achieved, which has never been equaled or exceeded by human 
skill and genius. So then, the ark was a work of faith; for the 
Scripture says it was built "by faith," and obedience to God's word. 
That ark or boat made only one voyage, but it landed its passengers 
and cargo safely upon the shores of a new world, so to speak. 

The contract should be noted between the boat which Noah built 
and the "Titanic," which was built by the world's best mechanical 
skill and genius. The "Titanic" only made one voyage and failed to 
reach her expected destination, and buried over fifteen hundred of 
her passengers and all her cargo, pride, and glory in a watery 
grave. 

The ark was built to fulfill the purpose of God. The "Titanic" was 
built to satisfy the pride of man and the vain glory of life. The Ark 
was a "figure" of the Salvation that has since been accomplished 
through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. (I Pet. 3:21.) 
The "Titanic" was a figure of the greatness of the ability, energy 
and genius of man. The ark is the Christian's life boat. The 
"Titanic" was man's death boat. The great vessel, in all her human 
glory and genius, while rushing on in her pride and boasted 
strength, very suddenly collided with an iceberg, which spelled 
death to many lives, and a loss of over ten million dollars which had 
been invested in her. 

Like the "Titanic," the modern church is rushing ahead at high 
speed, in quest of vain glory and popularity. It should be noted that 
the iceberg did not rush upon the "Titanic" and crush a hole in her 
side, because the iceberg was scarcely moving. It was its tre- 
mendous size, and the enormous weight, and the momentous 
speed with which it was plunging through the mighty deep, so 
when it came in contact with the iceberg the "Titanic" just simply 
bursted itself open, and went to the bottom of the sea. After the 
"Titanic" had collided with the iceberg, she did not immediately 
sink. There was a period of several hours which afforded 
opportunity for escape by means of the lifeboats. From this feature 
of the case we can draw lessons of the greatest importance to the 
modern church. The collision had inflicted a death wound. The 
great vessel was doomed. But many of the passengers, like many 
of the members of a modern church, were so incredulous and 
conceited within themselves that they did not care to be humiliated 
by taking to the lifeboats. But thought there would be some other 
way. But, alas, there was no other way. 



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Noah acted quite differently, for we read that when "warned of 
God he built an ark." Noah was truly wise, for it is true wisdom to 
give head to God's warnings. The men of Noah's day no doubt 
thought themselves wise, as our wiseacres do today. They thought 
old Noah had become fanatic, and unbalanced to his mind. But he 
proved to be the only wise man of that time. 

So the preaching of "Christ crucified" as the savior of sinners 
seems to be very "foolish" and "weak," nevertheless the "foolish- 
ness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is 
stronger than men: and God hath chosen the weak things of the 
world to confound the mighty", — 'That no flesh should glory in his 
presence." Therefore, God is calling through his word to the 
modern church, saying "Now is the day of salvation." And again, 
"The Holy Ghost saith, TODAY if ye will hear His voice, harden not 
your heart." The voice has been calling to all who realize their 
unsafe condition, saying "Come unto me." But, alas, that voice, 
which is now speaking in grace and mercy, will soon be heard 
speaking in judgment: and the word will no longer be "Come unto 
me," but "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity." 

How this reminds us of the end foretold of "that great city 
Babylon," which in another type of the modern church in her pride, 
wealth and conceited wisdom. "And after these things I saw 
another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and 
the earth was lightened with his glory, and he cried mightily with a 
strong voice, saying, Babylon, the great, is fallen, is fallen, and is 
become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, 
and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." (Rev. 18:1-2.) An 
awful arraignment, indeed. And in verse 4 we read: "And I heard 
another voice from heaven saying, come out of her, my people, that 
ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her 
plagues." This is a very earnest and urgent call to "escape for thy 
life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape 
to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." (Gen. 19:17.) It should 
be noted, that this call has under consideration life and death, and 
when God "warned" Noah "of things not seen as yet, moved with 
fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house," Noah verified his 
faith by his obedience. "And Noah did according unto all that the 
Lord commanded him." (Gen. 7:5.) 

Thus he became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 
Hence the psychological question is, What do you expect to gain, 
dear reader, by clinging to a church that has collapsed in her Bible 
faith and practice? The poet's resolution is a good one, and is 
applicable to every one that is halting between two opinions: 



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"I can but perish if I go, 

I am resolved to try, 
For if I stay away I know 

I must forever die." 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Jan L. Heisey is P.O. Box 598, Collins, 
Mississippi 39428-0598 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

"Revive us again; fill each heart with thy love, May each soul be 
rekindled with fire from above." 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation is 
planning a two week revival meeting August 14-28. Elder Edward 
Johnson, Wauseon, Ohio is to be our evangelist. 

Services begin Sunday morning at 9:30, Sunday evening at 7:00 
and each week night at 7:45. All day meetings are planned August 
27 and 28 with services beginning at 10:45 Saturday morning and 
Lovefeast services that evening. 

Come and worship with us. 

Sister Becky Funk, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation's revival will be held August 
19-28, 1988. Lovefeast will be held on the 27th and dinner on the 
grounds will be served on the 28th. The visiting minister will be 
Bro. Paul Hartz from Palmyra, Pennsylvania. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

Sister Jennifer Snyder, Cor. 

• ••• # •• 



An aged sinner said, "When I was young, I said, ( l cannot give up 
the world now, but will when I have passed the meridian of life; then 
I shall be ready to attend to the concerns of my soul.' But here I am 
an old man. I feel no disposition to enter upon the work of 
salvation. In looking back, I often feel as if I would give worlds if I 
could be placed where I was when I was twenty years old. There 
were not half so many difficulties in my path then as there are 
now." 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
AUGUST 1988 

August 7 - Jacob's Dream and Vow - Genesis 28:10-32. 

1. List the five promises God gave Jacob in verse 15. 

2. What was Jacob's response to God's promise? verse 20-22. 

August 14 - Jacob and Rachel; Laban and Leah - Gen 29-1-35 
(Gen. 30:1-43) 

1. How was Jacob received by Laban's House? verse 12-13. 

2. How much importance should we place on our children's 
names? 

August 21 - Jacob Leaves Laban - Genesis 31:1-35. 

1. What basic problem caused the dissension between Laban 
and Jacob's family? verse 1-9. 

2. How many gods did Laban serve? verse 30. 

August 28 - Jacob Wrestles With the Angel - Genesis 32:1-32. 

1. Why was Jacob afraid to meet Esau? 

2. Why did the angel wrestle with Jacob? verse 24. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR AUGUST 1988 

August 7 - Naaman - II Kings 5:1-27, Luke 4:27. 

1. What was the key to Naaman's healing? verse 13. 

2. Who "received" Naaman's leprosy? verse 27. 
August 14 - Headship - I Cor. 11:1-15. 

1. Why is headship important in the Church? 

2. Sisters, is the sign on your head a true picture of the attitude 
of your heart? 

August 21 - Almost Persuaded - Acts 26:1-29. 

1. Who was almost persuaded? verse 28. 

2. Will "almost" be the epithet of your life? 

August 28 - Divine Grace - Ps. 84:9-12, I Cor. 3:10-14 II Cor 1 12 
Eph. 2:1-10. 

1. Define the grace of God. 

2. Can we abuse God's grace? Rom. 6:1-6. 



Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill 

Onion, OH 45322 



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VOL. LXVI 



AUGUST 1, 1988 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



AS MANY AS I LOVE 

Often the clouds of deepest woe 

So sweet a message bear, 

Dark tho' they seem, 1 were hard to find 

A frown of anger there. 

Kind, loving is the hand that strikes, 
However keen the smart, 
If sorrow's discipline can chase 
One evil from the heart. 

He was a man of sorrows — he 

Who loved and saved us thus; 

And shall the world, that frowned on him, 

Wear only smiles for us? 

No; we must follow in the path 
Our Lord and Savior run; 
We must not find a resting place 
Where he we love had none. 

- Unknown 



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GETTING IN SHAPE 

Recently people have shown an increased interest in good health 
and nutrition. This has prompted a greater interest in exercise and 
diet. A healthy body requires a sensible diet and exercise. 

Living in an age of convenience, people have become flabby. 
Consequently they are prone to all manner of diseases. As people 
get away from manual labor they lose muscle tone and are unable 
to burn their calories. The American diet contains too much sugar, 
salt and cholestrol. Most of the convenience foods give extra 
calories without any nutritional value. Fast food restaurants and 
instant foods are among the worst offenders. Today few grow and 
put up their own food so they depend upon the commercial foods 
heavily laced with chemicals, sodium and sugar. The beverages 
—whether soft or hard drinks — consumed by most people also 
help break down their health. 

The habits men have acquired in pursuit of pleasure have been 
ruinous to their well-being. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs have 
ruined men not only through the calories and chemicals but also 
through the cumulative effect these drugs have had on the heart, 
lungs, brain and other organs. 

Many have become aware of the problems associated with a 
modern lifestyle, therefore they have become interested in fad diets 
that usually do more harm than good. Others have invested heavily 
in exercise equipment or membership in health clubs. Often 
immodest attire is connected with this interest in exercise. Many 
make a start at reducing and getting in shape but give up when the 
pounds do not disappear fast enough. 



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Getting in shape physically demands a consistent effort. A 
person wishing to lose weight cannot diet a few days then indulge 
in sweets and fats and hope to be successful. One trying to get in 
shape cannot exercise a day or two then never exercise again and 
hope he will become slim and trim. A continual effort is needed; a 
fitful effort will not produce the desired results. The end result will 
reflect the effort put into it. Again the truth concerning reaping 
what has been sown is confirmed. 

This is the effort required for being in shape physically. The 
Apostle Paul reminds Timothy that compared to Spiritual health, 
the physical is not very profitable. Although we must take good 
care of the body, God has created for us, we must realize that our 
Spiritual well-being is more important. 

There are parallels between physical and Spiritual well-being. 
The consistency needed for physical well-being is also needed for 
Spiritual health. The determination needed to avoid unhealthful 
foods and to keep at exercise when it is not convenient, is needed 
in Spiritual growth and development. 

Determination is needed to avoid those ideas, activities and 
objects which will harm us just as fat and sweet foods have to be 
avoided to be healthy. We live in a time when many are willing to 
accept Jesus as their Saviour but few will accept Him as Lord. 
When He is Lord of a life there are many things commonly enjoyed 
by the world that cannot be used by the Christian. When He is 
Lord, the Christian will avoid all appearance of evil as well as evil 
itself. He does not become Lord without invitation. So determ- 
ination is needed to bring lives into conformity to His Will. This 
avoidance of the harmful is like the need to avoid certain foods to 
be healthy. 

The healthy Christian life is not only an avoidance of what is evil, 
it is also exercise in the good and necessary things. There are 
many positive commands that the determined Christian must keep. 
These commands are the Christian's exercise. As he does them 
over and over, his faith and service are increased. The more he 
participates in the services and ordinances of the Church he is 
made stronger. It takes a great effort especially at first just like 
beginning to do physical exercises. Often there is opposition to 
overcome so the effort demanded is doubled. The man who con- 
sistently exercises grows stronger and is able to not only help 
himself but others as well. 

Are you in shape? Are you avoiding the harmful foods? Are you 
exercising? Are you in shape Spiritually as well? 



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CHRISTIAN AMERICA IS SPIRITUALLY ADRIFT 

Part 2 

We are living in a day of myths. A myth is a fictitious, imaginary 
false teaching. As examples, I will refer to several. 

Many people, including teachers and preachers do not believe in 
the virgin birth and divinity of Christ and are influencing many by 
such false teaching. 

Another being widely taught and believed in is that God is so 
merciful and full of love that He would not punish anyone. 
Compare that kind of teaching to Christ's teaching. Matt. 13:49-50, 
"So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, 
and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them (the 
wicked) into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing 
of teeth." 

Another myth teaches that life began blindly. The doctrine of 
evolution is entrenched in our public schools, at the same time that 
the reading of the Bible is prohibited. The Bible nowhere states or 
hints that man evolved from a lower animal species. The Bible 
definitely states that "God created (made out of nothing) man in 
His own image." How defaming that is of God to presume His 
highest creation was a result of evolution. 

Another myth sweeping our land, that is being taught, but is 
false, is that we can have morality without religion. The two can 
never be separated. The very basis of morality is the existence of 
God. 

Today we are living under the premise that whatever is legal, is 
moral. In 1973 the Supreme Court of this United States abolished 
the abortion laws of all fifty states. At the same time they legalized 
abortion on demand. Under the law of free press, pornography is 
rampant to the offense of many people. Because pornography and 
abortion are legal, that does not make them moral. 

There is a lack of censorship of what is being shown on television 
and what is printed in our newspapers and periodicals. The 
publishers are in it for the money. The public is hungry for smut. 
They do not want Spiritual food. One editor admitted that the only 
religious news that the public likes to hear and the press likes to 
print are scandals. Thinking Christian people have heard too many 
such scandals already originating among television ministers. 

It is urged and permissible that sex be taught in many of our 
school systems. At the same time and in the same schools they are 
not permitted to read the Bible. Newspaper columist George Will 
very aptly wrote, "And it is by now a scandal beyond irony that 
thanks to the litigation of "civil liberties," fanatics and por- 
nographers enjoy protection, while first graders in a NATIVITY 



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play are said to violate the first amendment." 

One year ago, Angela Kaye Guidry, a straight "A" student from 
Moss Bluff, Louisiana wanted to include her personal Christian 
testimony in her valedictory address. As a Christian and member 
of the Moss Bluff First Baptist Church, her fellow students admired 
her. They knew that she held strong moral convictions. Angie did 
not approve of or go along with a lot of the things students did off 
campus, but she was not stuck up, either. The school counselor 
read her address before she was to give it at commencement. She 
did not approve of it and asked Angie to change it. Angie 
respectfully replied, "I will not change it." The school counselor 
insisted. Angie told her she had prayed about the matter and felt 
led not to change a word. The counselor told Angie that she was 
no more of a Christian than anyone else. Angie said, "I will not 
change my speech and that's it." Standing true to her conviction, 
she was denied the privilege of giving the valedictory address. I 
know of similar instances where students were conscientious and 
stood for the principles of right. 

She obeyed the scriptures as we all should, as admonished by 
the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:13, "Wherefore take unto you the 
whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil 
day, and having done all, to stand." 

To be continued 
Elder Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, Ohio 44718 

REMINISCING - ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 1988 

What a blessing it was to be privileged to attend Annual Con- 
ference. I feel many times we are not thankful enough to God for 
our blessings that we receive from day to day. 

It was thrilling to see those whom we have learned to know and 
love and greet each with a kiss or a handshake of love. 

I was made to think of all the sermons we heard and how 
accountable we are to God. Ecc. 5:1 says, "Keep thy foot when 
thou goest to the house of God and be more ready to hear than to 
give the sacrifice to fools..." 

Some exhortations given: 

- Seek God's wisdom and God's guidance in His will. 

- A good worker in the church could be an inspiration to others or 
to the preacher. 

- Faithfulness is spiritual success. 

- Are we robbing God? Use the Lord's time and money wisely. 



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- We should be clothed with humility. 

- Humility starts when we die to self. Humility is a good way. 

- A man is judged by the company he keeps. 

- Spend time with God so that we can work out our own salvation 
in fear and trembling. 

- God's forgiveness is UNLIMITED! 

- The result of abiding is fruit bearing. 

- Have good motives; set your standards high. 

- To keep your integrity, you need to run, say "no", pray, fast, keep 
pure and stay with the Lord. Continue to be chaste virgins for 
Christ. 

- We need to be building in the power and might of His spirit 
upon the good foundation. 

- To be church builders, we need to KNOW Jesus, GROW in God's 
word, and GLOW for Jesus Christ. 

- Encourage one another to do good. Think positive. 

- The word is the final authority in our lives. 

- Let us find the wells of spiritual vitality. 

- Make commitments and keep them. 

- God needs men who have their focus on Jesus Christ. 

- To live an effective Christian life, we have to live for God's glory 
in our present time of living. Let us be diligent to come before 
winter. 

- Time, we cannot buy it, nor stop it; the earth still turns and GOD 
is on the throne. 

- Without holiness, we cannot see the Lord. 

- Woe to them that are at ease in Zion! 

- Take God at His word and humbly submit to His will and way. 

- Are you looking for the fulness of God in your life? We need to 
answer to every test in our lives. Don't fail the test! 

- Choose you this day whom you will serve. 

- Write the law of God in our hearts. 

- What decision will we make? The day of the Lord is near. 

- Do we radiate the virtues of faith in our life? 

For those of us who are only privileged to attend conference 
about every three or four years, it was a blessing to be there and 
drink in the truths of God's word. God's name be praised and may 
God continue to lead our Brethren as they preach the Word from 
time to time. 

In Christian Love, 
Sister Shirley Frick 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"organization" 

We are living in a day when it is not very popular to talk about 
"organization." It seems right to most Christians of our day to do 
whatever is "right in their own eyes" without anyone telling them 
what they should do and setting down proper policy for the smooth 
functioning of the Body. 

First of all, let me state emphatically, that EFFECTIVE ORGAN- 
IZATION AND STRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT TO THE CHURCH. 
There needs to be machinery to effectively carry out the work and 
eliminate factors that hinder the Biblical fulfilling of Christ's 
teachings. 

First of all, there must be a hierarchy of authority. There is the 
necessity of ordaining Elders, Ministers, Deacons, and so forth to 
carry out the God ordained work of the Church. If there are poorly 
defined rules here and in other areas, we see an ambiguity in the 
way things take place and responsibilities seem just to overlap and 
lose identity. God has dictated the machinery to be effective in 
administration in His Word. We do not need to "re-do" the 
machinery, we just need to maintain it in a well oiled fashion and 
make minor adjustments that would allow for the work of the 
Church to flow more effectively. 

The Bible gives the job descriptions. It defines the training 
needed and gives the criteria for evaluation of those who are 
involved. The vision of the organization should be totally centered 
on the main thrust of the church which is to bring people to a 
saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Along with organization, com- 
munication is vital in implementing the dictates of the organization. 
Members must know church policy and must be informed of its 
direct Scriptural backing. To know it is going to require not only 
study but effective, loving teaching and communication. And 
communication is definitely a problem today, not only in the 
church but in many avenues of life. We sometimes feel "out of 
touch" because we are not constantly being taught and ad- 
monished in love. We too many times see ourselves as strictly 
individuals and not a part of the Body-family of members. We 
become detached in some ways if the church organization is not 
confirmed to us and we tend to react by "doing our own thing." 

Could it be that at most levels of Christ's Church today, we are 
not communicating. From the eldership all the way down to the 
grass roots, we are challenged to work hard to improve our sense 
of belonging and unity and camaraderie among us. We need more 
prayer for the leadership and for each other. I have experienced 



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the great encouragement of someone telling me that they are 
"prayerfully supporting me" and this verbal contact is important 
and necessary. Mutual love should flow verbally. This motivates 
growth and maturity. 

I praise God for the Bible teaching of a theocratic democracy for 
church government. It gives us all the opportunity to give input to 
the work of the church and allows for the Spirit to move within the 
entire Body to perform His good work in us. And, we must 
constantly avail ourselves of the leading of the Holy Spirit in all 
activity of the organization. This type of church government does 
not allow an aloof leadership to dictate their feelings and rules to 
the entire group. It does away with the "ivory tower." It allows 
greater communication and trust... and ultimately a forward- 
moving progress of the work. 

Three-way communication is a must... leadership - laity - God. 
Our lines of information must flow continually and that ultimate 
instruction, of course, is God's Word to us. I believe this is an area 
where we would desire constant improvement and I encourage you 
to be a part of that positive force. 

In business, organization and communication are a must. They 
are a part of sound management. The church, likewise, will 
function most smoothly as we employ these skills and cultivate 
them. 

You need not be fearful of a God centered organization. God is a 
God of the orderly. His creation and His sustaining of life is 
methodic and rhythmic. His teachings are clear and wholesome. 
Ultimately, His system will climax in the total perfection of eternal 
life. 

Let's allow the channels of communication and good-will to 
remain open and let us pray that our "organization" meets the 
desire and criteria of God and His Word. If we have questions 
about it, let's follow the given channels for correction that the 
church has given to us. Let us be unified, responsive, effective in 
the work. Yes, we are each one individuals, but we are ONE 
BODY... ONE IN THE LORD... and we need to listen, to trust, to 
work toward perfection. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THIS IS THE WAY 

Isaiah 30:21 "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, 
saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, 
and when ye turn to the left." 

If there was ever a time in the earthly church that we need to hear 
these words of Isaiah, given by the Holy Spirit, it is today. There 



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are some positive and some negative truths to be found in this 
verse of scripture. We pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, will 
guide our thoughts as we seek to share some thoughts on' this 
verse. 

First of all let us look at the positive truths to be found in this 
verse. We have a sure word from the Lord. It is found in the Holy 
Scriptures. God has not left us to our own imaginations and 
desires. As the poet John Burton so well described it in his song, 
"Holy Bible, Book Divine." 

Holy Bible, book divine, 
Precious treasures, thou art mine; 
Mine to tell me whence I came; 
Mine to teach me what I am. 
We also have a sure example given unto us. In John 14:6 Jesus 
Christ assured us, "... I am the way, the truth, and the life:..." Along 
with the Apostle Paul we can say, "Be ye followers of me, even as I 
also am of Christ." I Cor. 11:1. 

In addition to these two glorious truths we have been given the 
Holy Spirit to live within us and guide our way. In Isaiah's time the 
gift of the Holy Spirit was not yet given. Thus the prophet had to 
say, "thine ears shall hear a word behind thee." But in John 
14:16-17 we find the wonderful promise, "And I will pray the Father, 
and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with 
you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot 
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye 
know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." We know 
that this great promise was fulfilled in Acts. 2. 

We wish we could stop right here and rejoice in these wonderful 
truths. But we find an earlier portion of this chapter challenging 
our heart. In verses 9 to 1 1 , the prophet says to the nation Israel, 
"That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will 
not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not: and to 
the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us 
smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn 
aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from 
before us." This sounds to us like a description of much of the 
modern earthly church. Many are saying that under the New 
Testament we have no "law of the Lord." While it is certainly true 
that we are not under the Law but under Grace, the New Testament 
is filled with God's commandments and teachings. The greater 
part of the New Testament writings are warnings against failing to 
follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles. 

Many within the earthly church are saying we must close our 
eyes to sin. "Judge not" has become the final and only word 



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accepted by them. While the world comes not only into the homes 
of those professing to be God's children but has now invaded many 
of the meetinghouses we are encouraged to, "See not." "Speak 
unto us smooth things" sounds exactly like the modern "emphasize 
the positive things and stay away from the negative." Many are 
encouraging, "Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path." 
In modern language this comes out, "Don't get hung up on 
tradition, be open to doing things in a new way." But the greatest 
tragedy of all is when they say, "cause the Holy One of Israel to 
cease from before us." Two modern arguments come to mind. 
"Jesus Christ is only a way to Heaven, not the only way." Along 
with, "The scriptures were for Paul's day and we are not bound by 
all the New Testament teachings." 

Our opening verse centers on another danger in our day. It says, 
"when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." 
There are voices on "the right" and "the left" that are calling us to 
compromise our faith. "The right" says that Communism is the 
enemy of the Church and we must be willing to take human life to 
stop this evil. At the same time those on "the left" are trying to 
convince the government that they should not fight this evil. The 
Holy Word teaches us that we are to fight all the enemies of Truth 
with the Sword of the Spirit (The Holy Bible) but that worldly 
government has the right to defend itself by use of the sword. By 
the same token those on "the right" are calling for capital punish- 
ment while those on "the left" are opposing it. This is not a church 
issue, although those on "the right" are closer to what Romans 13:4 
teaches. 

Women are being voted into places of leadership in complete 
disregard of I Timothy 2:12. False teachings and compromise are 
being given places of honor while the true Way is being cast into 
the dust. This is truly a sad day for the earthly church. In the midst 
of all this may we have the courage to follow, "This is the way, walk 
ye in it." 

In spite of all the evil in the earthly church, sinners still cannot 
use this as an excuse. The blood of Jesus Christ is still the way to 
Heaven. If you have not accepted the true Way, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, to guide you to the glories of Heaven we invite you to do so 
today. If you refuse the offer to be saved and baptized your eternal 
home will be with those who profess but do not possess or have 
fallen from the way, eternal punishment in Hell, if they do not 
repent. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 1, 1928 
COMMUNION 
D. W. Hostetler 

Of all the services incorporated in the economy of grace, there is 
no service that brings the worshiper so close to Jesus as does the 
communion. Hence it is very important that the communicant 
comes to the Lord's table as nearly perfect as is possible. I think 
this is the primary purpose of the preceding service — the self- 
examination, the Supper, feet washing. To dismiss all these 
commands is very dangerous, for everyone that eateth unworthily 
eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's 
body. 

For these reasons, let us look into the matter of close com- 
munion. Webster defines communion as "a body of Christians 
having one common faith and discipline"; "a common, accepted 
idea of communion is that it means common union". 

There is great danger of committing the awful sin of eating and 
drinking damnation to ourselves, Paul teaches plainly. To admit 
believers in all kinds of doctrines to the communion table is out of 
the question. 

Now in open communion it is generally understood that anyone 
who is in good standing in his own church is eligible as a 
communicant. The writer was once present at a service where the 
minister gave the invitation to the altar to receive the communion. 
A lady who did not belong to any church went to the altar and 
received the communion. A man may commit a sin that justifies his 
church in disfellowshiping him; he unites with another church, is 
taken in full fellowship and held in good standing. He may then 
return to his former church the next Sunday morning and receive 
the communion from the minister. How could he be good enough 
to commune with his former fellow-brethren and not be good 
enough to be held in good fellowship with them? The idea is pure 
sacrilege. 

Now it is true that Scriptural fellowship and union is the 
foundation for the necessary qualifications of communion. They 
are embraced in the doctrine or law of church membership, union, 
peace, and love among her members. (I Cor. 1:10, Matt. 5:23, I John 
3:14-16.) 

Now in complying with the law of church membership, we are 
baptized by the one doctrine immersion, and the one spirit, into the 
one body which implies, first, unity of faith, second, unity of 
doctrine, third, unity of spirit, and fourth, unity of love. All of these 



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go to make communion possible. Church membership is first, then 
communion, and if we want the blessings of communion we must 
approach it in the regular way, by complying with the law of church 
membership. Open communion disarms the church of all authority 
to set the standard of fitness for communion. This will place the 
individual above the church while Christ placed the church over 
the individual. It also robs the church of the right to self-protection 
and admits all forms of baptism. It admits carnal warfare, brother 
going to law with brother, secret oath-bound societies, worldly 
amusements, pleasures, and dress. Since there is such a wide 
difference in teaching of doctrine, faith, and practice of the 
churches, there surely can be no open communion when com- 
munion is the standard of test of Christian union. 

The church has always taught that in communion, there must be 
union of faith, peace, love, and mind. All these ideas have been 
strongly stressed in the tracts that have been written by some of 
our older brethren. Note I. J. Rosenberger's comment in tract 
number 273: "To sit together at the Lord's table indicates a 
common union. But if there is no union there can be no com- 
munion." This is true; therefore, the nearer we shape our lives after 
the pattern of the New Testament the deeper we can drink from the 
great fountain of life, Jesus Christ. 

Now the great blessing contained in the communion of the body 
and blood of Jesus Christ is indeed wonderful. In I Cor. 10:16 we 
read: "The cup of blessing which we bless is it not the communion 
of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break is it not the 
communion of the body of Christ?" Paul put it in the form of a 
question which is equivalent to saying that it is the communion of 
the body and blood of Christ. 

John 6:53-56: "Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say 
unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his 
blood, ye have no life in you. Whosoever eateth my flesh and 
drinketh my blood hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last 
day. For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He 
that eateth my flesh and he that drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me 
and I in him." 

There are four things here to which I shall call the reader's 
attention. First, unless we eat of Christ's body and drink his blood 
we have no life; second, in thus eating and drinking we have the 
promise of being raised by Him; third, these emblems are true — 
eating and drinking bring life; and fourth, in thus eating and 
drinking we are in Christ and he in us. All this is, provided that we 
eat and drink worthily; hence Paul's teaching as to the importance 
of self-examination. In the upper room when Jesus said, "One of 



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you shall betray me" there began a most searching self-exam- 
ination, when the apostles said, "Is it I? Is it I?" 

When we examine ourselves, no doubt we find ourselves 
unworthy. It is then we are getting to the right place and then we 
will make the thing right that makes us unworthy. We come to God 
and ask him to make us worthy. 

In getting ready for communion, there are several things to be 
considered, first, matters between the individual and God. In order 
to commune with God we must be in harmony with his Gospel as it 
applies to the regulation of life. Second, matters between indi- 
viduals. Troubles between members must be adjusted so they can 
take communion worthily. Again, there are matters between 
members and outsiders. "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, 
live peaceably with all men." Romans 12:18. Note the words "if it be 
possible." That means that there must be effort on our part. Before 
there is union there must be peace with God and Christ, peace with 
fellow brethren, and if possible, peace with all other men. I 
remember how the old brethren emphasized these things when I 
was a boy, especially in examination services. They gave admo- 
nitions and somehow these things have stayed with me. I believe 
that if we have the faith of our fathers, the love for each other they 
had, and the spirit that characterized them, we can enjoy the same 
fellowship they enjoyed. 

I give you a picture of an old-time communion. They usually 
lasted two days. We met at ten and had a sermon, then a social 
meal, then at two another sermon. These sermons came from the 
hearts of men that were filled with the spirit of the living God. At 
about 4 o'clock we met for examination service. One, two and 
often three brethren would talk. These sermons were directed to 
the place where we were living. In the evening, we were called 
together to the Lord's table by singing, to engage in the ordinances 
of the house of God. The next morning about sunrise we would 
meet at the church for morning worship. Next we had breakfast. 
As soon after as the audience room could be arranged, each 
minister gave a short talk. These were called farewell addresses 
and they were appreciated, for they were helpful and instructive. 
Brethren, give me those days and you may have the rest. 
THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 
JUSTIFICATION 
J. H. Moore 

Justification may be defined as the gracious act of God, whereby 
he pardons and accepts of sinners on the ground of the righteous- 
ness of Christ, who, by his death, atoned for sin. It is an act of God 
in which one is declared guiltless or acquitted. The justified man is 



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one who is absolved from any and all guilt, and stands before God 
and the world as a free man. 

While justification, as a free act, is ascribed to God, "it is God that 
justifieth" (Rom. 8:32); and while it is by faith, it must be borne in 
mind that it is not by faith alone. The most misleading doctrine in 
Christendom is the doctrine which teaches that man is justified by 
faith, independent of the duties which, by divine appointment, have 
been associated with faith. It is the acceptance of this doctrine that 
has led to the discarding of so many of the plain commandments 
presented in the teachings of Christ and the apostles. There is no 
greater test of faithfulness than obedience, and the man who 
believes and obeys is the man who is in a justified state. 

True, Abraham was justified by faith, but James 2:22 says, "Faith 
wrought with works, and by works was faith made perfect." In 
verse 21 he would go even farther in affirming that Abraham was 
justified by works, when he had offered up his son Isaac on the 
altar. He would have both faith and obedience figure in justifi- 
cation. In fact, this is the real teaching of the New Testament, 
respecting justification. In the light of the teaching of Christ and 
the apostles, there is no such a thing as justification by faith alone. 
The faith that leads to justification must invariably be accompanied 
by the obedience that has been associated with faith. The absence 
of this obedience renders faith ineffective. The man who firmly 
believes that Jesus is the Christ, and that he brought into the world 
a saving Gospel, cannot claim justification on the ground of mere 
belief. His faith prepares him for the further steps leading up to 
justification, and it is only after he has taken these steps that he can 
consistently lay claim to the justification that is by faith. In 
obedience his faith is made perfect, and then it is that the promise 
becomes his. One reaches the state of justification through a 
process, and faith is only one of the several steps in that process. 

OBITUARY 

PAUL UNRUH 

Bro. Paul R. Unruh was born July 29, 1913 at Las Animas, 
Colorado. He passed from this life June 23, 1988 at the age of 
seventy four years, ten months and twenty five days. 

His early life was spent in McPherson, Kansas. He was married 
to Myrtle Siemens, July 29, 1934. Paul and Myrtle had three sons: 
Dennis of Winton, California; Ronald of Fresno, California and 
Loren of Atwater, California, also five grandchildren and one great- 
grandson. One brother, Wesley Unruh and one sister, Delia 
Decker, of Galva, Kansas. 

For fifteen years, before retirement in 1975, Paul worked for the 
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Paul and Myrtle were members of the Old Mennonite Church for 
thirty years. In 1975 they affiliated with the Dunkard Brethren 
Church at Modesto, California where they worshipped and re- 
mained faithful to their Lord. 

Funeral Services were held June 27, 1988 at Ivers and Alcorn 
Funeral Chapel, Atwater, California. Elders Rudy Cover, Hayes 
Reed and Paul Byfield officiated. Bro. Mike Wray officiated at the 
interment at the Winton District Cemetery. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation enjoyed Lovefeast on May 1, 
1988 with the following ministers bringing us the Word: Emmert 
Shelley, Virgil Leatherman, Ronald Marks, Joshua Rice, David 
Aungst and John Peffer, who officiated in the evening. We thank 
these Brethren for their efforts. 

The Lord willing, we are looking forward to revival meetings, 
September 4 to 11, 1988 with Elder Virgil Leatherman, Walnut 
Grove, Maryland as the evangelist. We invite all who can to come 
and worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

Greetings to you, our Christian friends across the Brotherhood! 

As we look forward to a series of Revival Meetings, September 2 - 
11, 1988, we request your prayers. We would be happy to have you 
with us at that time. Bro. Fred Pifer has consented to be our 
speaker for the ten-day meeting. 

Bro. Dale and Sis. Doris Jamison from Quinter, Kansas, and two 
members from the Newberg, Oregon Congregation joined us as we 
experienced a blessed Lovefeast occasion at the end of April. 

While our hearts are made sad in the loss of two dear brethren 
recently, we are reminded that God still brings the miracle of 
renewed life. Gary Fleener, Rhea Flora and Coryna Wray were 
baptized on Sunday following our Lovefeast. 

Some of you have requested the names of our new members. 
Bob Adrian was baptized, re-dedicating his life to the Lord's 
service. Marcus Wray, Jennifer and Susan Wurm, Steven and 
Susan Beachler, Gary and Rachel Dutter, Dean and Anna Lee Flora 
and Rodney and Phyllis Renicker were accepted into our fellow- 
ship since the first of the year. 

Together may we remain faithful to the cause of the Kingdom. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Guinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R. 3 Box24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Gaien Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Jacob C, Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2034 Roble Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95354 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R.3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3026 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
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Hoxie, KS 67740 
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VOL. LXVI AUGUST 15, 1988 NO. 16 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



GOD OF OUR FATHERS 

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand 
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band 
Of shining worlds in splendor thro' the skies, 
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. 

Thy love divine hath led us in the past, 

In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; 

Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay, 

Thy word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. 

From war's alarms from deadly pestilence, 
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; 
Thy true religion in our hearts increase, 
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. 

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way, 
Lead us from night to never-ending day; 
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, 
And glory, laud and praise be ever Thine. 

- Daniel C. Roberts 



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THE VALUE OF HISTORY 

"Why study history?" is a question we often hear. "It is just a 
bunch of names, dates, places and events." "It has no relevance to 
our everyday lives." These and similar statements are often made. 
History is more than a collection of unconnected facts strung 
together. The specifics of history places each event so its 
relevance to today can be seen. History discloses the causes of 
situations that exist today. Events of today do not just happen 
there are underlying reasons and connections with the past. A 
single event is not an orphan but a child of the past. 

The relation of present events to past events shows the hand of 
God in the affairs of men. The order that history discloses reveals 
God's direction not only in great newsworthy world events but also 
in the everyday lives of individuals. 

History is more than a nostalgia for antiques and a yearning for 
the good old days. The objects of the past may be of interest and 
value in showing us how equipment has developed over the years. 
They may show us the extent of conveniences in our lives unknown 
to our ancestors. While we may learn some important lessons from 
the past we cannot relive the past. Often nostalgia colors the past 
to make it appear brighter than what it really was. Either because 
we look at it through the memory of the child or because we fear 
the present and future we make the past a pristine, perfect time. 
We should be living in the present and building for the future, 
basing our work upon the lessons taught us by the past. It is a 
scientific axiom that like conditions produce like results. If we wish 
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must reproduce the same conditions. Without effort, drift will not 
bring about the conditions we desire. 

Moses in Deuteronomy 32 gives a history lesson concerning 
spiritual conditions. At the close of the journey through the barren 
desert before the children of Israel entered into the Promised Land, 
Moses recounts the history of their journey. He does this that they 
may learn from it and go forward as the faithful children of God. 

"Remember they days of old, consider the years of many gener- 
ations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee'; thy elders, and they 
will tell thee." Verse 7. Moses calls on them to recall their own past 
experiences. Also they were to seek to know of events before their 
own time by asking those older than themselves or by seeking the 
records of old through the elders or leaders of the people. 

They were first to consider God and His dealing with their 
people. They were to realize how God had dealt and worked with 
their ancestors from the Creation until their own time. They were 
to realize the great goodness of God. If we consider the past 
without relating it to the goodness of God we will miss the point of 
history. History is another testimony of God's existence and part in 
men's affairs. To leave God out of history is to miss the point of 
history. 

The response of the forefathers to God gives us the lesson of 
history. When they were faithful God was able to use them and to 
accomplish great things. Whether we consider the events of 
Moses' leadership of the people or the founding and growth of our 
own country or the lives of our Spiritual forefathers, they all show 
us that the faithful service of God will produce great events in 
individual and national lives. 

History also teaches consequences. There is a price to pay when 
God and His Word are ignored and disobeyed. When people 
develop habits that are destructive of physical, mental, moral and 
Spiritual health they will suffer the consequences. Moses could 
point out the consequences suffered along the desert journey 
when various ones rose in opposition to God's leaders and laws. 

Moses' final words were, "Set your hearts unto all the words 
which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your 
children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a 
vain thing for you; because it is your life and through this thing ye 
shall prolong your days in the land, whether ye go over Jordan to 
possess it." Verses 46-47. 

These words are applicable to us as a nation but even more so as 
a Church. As Christians we must know the lessons of history that 
we might serve God in the way pleasing to Him. 

Are you studying history? Are you applying its lessons to your 
life and to the church's life? Be a good student that you may be an 
obedient child of God. 



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IF AT FIRST 

Remember the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, 
again"? It is offered as encouragement, to spark the incentive to 
try once more. We may fail even when we do our best, but it is 
certain we can't succeed if we give up. After we have failed, maybe 
many times, and then we finally succeed, it brings a special joy to 
our hearts. Constant success isn't very satisfying or inspiring, but 
success after failure is very inspiring. 

In the Christian walk, we need encouragement also. It is even 
more important for us to keep trying, even though we fail at times. 
Jesus is always standing by to encourage us, to provide the extra 
boost to help us keep going. We need to encourage each other to 
reach out to Jesus, to accept His strength. We can keep trying, and 
often keep failing on our own, but Jesus won't Human strength 
fails, but Jesus never fails. His strength is always available. 

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" should be "If at first 
you don't succeed, try Jesus again!" Try Jesus, not once, not twice 
or three times, but every time, Because we are human, we do fail. 
We mess things up even when we want most to succeed. We need 
help that only Jesus can provide. A baby falls many times before 
learning to walk properly and we are alot like that in the Christian 
walk. How many times we fall isn't as important as how often we 
get up and go on — with Jesus. 

If at first you don't succeed, ask for forgiveness. Don't wait until 
you think you deserve it, or that your good finally outweighs the 
bad and therefore God can not receive you. "If we confess our 
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us 
from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9. This cleansing is not just for 
our past sins, or just for the first mistake we make after we've 
received Jesus' cleansing. It is a present tense, day-to-day 
cleansing from all sin, done for us by the Lord. We can't cleanse 
ourselves or merit forgiveness in any way. 

"And when he (Peter) thought thereon, he wept." Mark 14:72. 
Peter had just done about the worst thing he could think of. He had 
been so sure he would stand by Jesus no matter what, and now 
when Jesus needed him most, Peter had denied even knowing 
Jesus! Worse yet, Peter denied Him three times and even added 
some foul language for emphasis. In Matt. 26:75, it says Peter wept 
bitterly. He no doubt thought he was beyond hope, but later he 
found forgiveness and eventually became a faithful, steadfast 
servant of the Lord. 

When we think about our sins and our helplessness, we may 
weep bitter tears as Peter did. We may think we're beyond hope, 
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done, no matter how low we have fallen, He can save us. "Where- 
fore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come 
to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for 
them." Heb. 7:25. Jesus' saving power is not limited by our help- 
lessness. All He asks is that we come to Him to receive it. 

Uttermost means of the highest or greatest possible degree. It is 
complete and entire, the most that can be done. When we come to 
God the Father through Christ the Son, He can save us absolutely, 
entirely, unconditionally, completely. Jesus has taken care of 
every aspect of salvation, with nothing left to chance. Because 
Jesus makes intercession for us (pleads our case and reminds God 
that He has already paid the price of our sins), His saving power 
continues from the moment we accept it on into Eternity. 

If at first we don't succeed in doing God's will, we need to ask His 
forgiveness, then for strength to do better next time. By asking for 
forgiveness and acknowledging our need of help, we are opening 
the door so Jesus can come in and help us. He said, "Without me 
ye can do nothing." John 15:5. Paul said, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13. Human 
strength is soon exhausted, but Jesus' strength is without limit. 

The best we can do for ourselves is to reform, but Jesus 
transforms us. This means He changes our nature, our function 
and condition, a change which will become very noticeable. With- 
out His transforming power, there can be no victory over sin. We 
will be defeated time and time again when we attempt to make it 
without Jesus. "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Rom. 12:2. 
Our lives won't prove a thing until our minds and hearts have been 
changed. 

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit 
within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy 
holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and 
uphold me with thy free spirit. THEN will I teach transgressors thy 
ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Psa. 51:10-13. 
Personal cleansing and renewal must always precede service. A 
new creation, a right spirit within, joy in salvation — all are a 
testimony that Jesus is living within. 

If at first you don't succeed in serving God, check to see if your 
own heart is right. Peter had a problem and Jesus said to him, 
"When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Luke 22:32. 
You can't help others until you've been helped, but with Jesus, you 
can do things you could never do alone. If at first you don't 
succeed, try Jesus! Not once or twice, but always! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The Leadership Role 

The Bible is explicit in its teaching that it is blessed and right to 
desire leadership in the church. It seems that many people do not 
understand the proper building blocks necessary for the church of 
the future in giving youth a clear focus with respect to the 
leadership role. Could this be because our goals and purposes 
have been somewhat foggy? I would like to forge some guidelines 
for the future in this discussion which will help you define what is 
involved in church leadership. A great deal is expected of you and 
priorities must be set early and thoroughly maintained. Let us put a 
beaconlight on leadership and see what God is raising us up for 
and teaching us to do. 

In Acts 20, Paul addresses the elders of Ephesus and gives them 
an outline of their charge. There... principles are set forth for 
effective leadership. Leaders must: 1. Serve with humility, 
2. Preach and teach publicly, 3. Proclaim the WHOLE will and 
word of God, 4. Guard themselves and the flock, 5. Shepherd the 
church, 6. Protect against teaching distortions and untruthfulness 
and 7. Help the weak. Peter adds to this list when he instructs in 
I Peter 5:1-3: 8. Shepherd the flock with care, 9. Serves as an 
overseer and is eager about that service and 10. Doesn't lord it over 
the membership but serves as a quality example. It seems almost 
simple to leave these principles without greater explanation but as 
we would look at them in composite, we would understand the 
following: 

1. Leaders have great influence for setting the direction of the 
Church and, thus, we need to use the greatest of prayerful care in 
their selection. They must proclaim the WHOLE WILL of God. 

2. They are to provide a "headship" for the Body... or oversee 
and protect. 

3. Leaders are to work hard to develop maturity by nurturing the 
gift(s) of the Holy Spirit. 

4. They are to see that the truth is taught and practiced... 
watchingJor distortions and partial-truths. 

5. Leaders are influential in coordinating a smooth flow of the 
church organization. This is part of being a shepherd... and not 
just a "preacher." 

6. Finally, leaders must minister to individual needs... to be able 
to help the weak, to counsel, to serve needs with eagerness. 

All of these functional ideals are necessary for elders, ministers 
and deacons. They make up the scriptural qualifications. (See 
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sensitive to each precept and in conjunction with individual 
personal skills and vision. It would be the desire of our church, 
with the practice of a plural ministry, that those qualities which are 
weak or lacking in one individual would be strong in the ministry of 
the other individual. 

There is a great responsibility for church leaders to lead in the 
determination of church direction, emphasis and priorities. There 
must be unity of interests and leading of the Spirit. There must be 
the ability to assess how different aspects of the faith harmonize 
together for the benefit of the whole church. 

' In our faith, church polity defines, to some extent, direction 
setting as seen by the church. The merits of this stated program 
are great but ideas for nuturing the flock and fulfilling God's 
purpose for the church must be constantly in the minds of 
leaders... not just reading the past, but envisioning the future. 
Being attuned to the voice of God and the movement of the Holy 
Spirit is a must. 

Good leaders will literally provide an umbrella of protection for 
the church. But let us be reminded that a part of a leaders job in the 
church is to reprove and correct with the Word of God. This is for 
the ultimate purpose of building an individual up, encouraging and 
strengthening someone. It is always to be done with love and 
compassion. 

Let us pray that our leaders will indeed feel the pulse of the 
church and will have a great sensitivity to the needs and concerns 
of our members. Pray, as you "desire a good work"... as you 
prepare for greater usage in the church, that you are developing 
your life in regard to the principles listed early in this writing. 
Always remember that a church needs leaders... but leaders also 
need a church. 

Pray for the leaders... that they might be effectively involved in 
lives so as to listen and not be threatened. Pray that they will grow 
even in the face of criticism. Pray that the church might be led 
totally in the light of God's truth. Pray that our leaders may set 
aside self and personal biases and remain pure. Pray that they 
might even meet needs that are beyond their personal capability 
and experience. Have a vision of the church moving forward 
towards a higher level of spirituality. If we lose our vision... if we 
lose proper leadership... our people will perish. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Saturday P.M. 

Bro. Ronald Marks opened. Luke 24:12, 16, 40. We know Jesus 
is coming again. We must get prepared to meet Him. Let's work 
and strive for our Home in Heaven. 

Bro. Dennis St. John, Phil. 3:9-16. The Church — Reaching, 
Pressing and Attaining. The Apostle Paul tried to forget some of 
the things that happened during his life. He thought it better to 
look ahead. The Apostle Paul ran the race spiritually. Do we lose 
faith when we are running the race? We want to win the race with 
Jesus Christ. Let us look into our hearts. Is Satan changing our 
hearts? Success without faithfulness is lost relationship with 
Christ. The basic problem of individuals is sin. The wages of sin is 
death. Let us study the Bible to prepare ourselves to work for the 
Lord. We need to seek for God's wisdom. We need a depth of 
conviction and love, for hope in a future church. We need 
conviction and faithfulness for the Lord. This will make a great 
success in our lives. 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer. Luke 8:4-16, Luke 17:26-30, II Tim. 3:1-5. Do 
we really love our Lord and Savior as we should? The love of 
pleasure has become a spiritual disease. We are to think and 
meditate on the Word of God. We need to be careful and not let 
Satan creep into our lives. We must use our time consistantly for 
the Lord. To worship the Lord we must prepare ourselves. We 
need to give our time to the Lord and serve Him with all our heart. 
The Lord has told us to redeem the time. We must do all things to 
the glory of God. There is lots of pleasure seekings. Many times 
they do not bring honor and glory to the Lord. We are the temple of 
the Holy Spirit. If we do the things that are not pleasing to God we 
cannot be the temple of God. We need to avoid all the appearance 
of evil. 

Bro. Michael Wray closed. We have a challenge here this after- 
noon. God wants the church to grow. Let us press on to work for 
the Lord. 

Saturday Evening. 

Elder Eldon Mallow opened. I Tim. 6. The Apostle Paul 
instructed Timothy for his spiritual life. He told Timothy he must 
live a Godly life. Christ gave His life that we can gain salvation. 
Godliness is contentment and great gain. The Apostle Paul said, 
'Tight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto 
thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before 
many witnesses." 



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Elder Paul Hartz. I Peter 5. Christian Humility. Salvation is 
through grace. We must be clothed in humility. Pride is the enemy 
of humility. We are all Brethren and Sisters in Christ. A man is 
judged by the company he keeps. Jesus was blamed for being a 
friend of sinners. Where would we be if Jesus wasn't a friend? 
Jesus taught humility and forgiveness. Jesus said, "Forgive them 
for they know not what they do" when He was nailed to the cross. 
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth." When we obey and walk 
with the Lord we must have an humble heart. God giveth grace to 
the humble. 

Elder Eugene Kauffman closed. Humble is the opposite of pride. 
Let us be faithful to our Lord and Savior. Godliness with content- 
ment is great gain. We must live faithful to our Lord and Savior. 
Sunday A.M. 

Elder Hayes Reed opened. John 14:1-8. Jesus said, "Let not 
your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." Trust 
in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus went to Heaven to prepare a place 
for us. He said, "Where I am there ye may be also." 

Elder William Heisey. Ephesians 5:1-17. Redeeming The Time. 
Christ and His Heavenly Father want us to obey the command- 
ments in the Holy Word. The time is getting away from us. We 
should use our time here on earth wisely for the Lord. We should 
not allow the things in our natural life to take all our time, but we 
must save plenty of time to work for the Lord. We should consider 
working outoursoul salvation first. We need not spend all ourtime 
for our physical life. God will help us provide for our physical life if 
we ask Him. We must walk in wisdom for the Lord. If we lay up 
treasures in Heaven we will gain our reward when we are called 
from this world. We are servants of God. We must make full use of 
the time He has given to us. We must redeem the time. There is a 
place being enlarged for all the sinful people after this life. God will 
take care of the righteous people as well as the unrighteous. All of 
the people who lived according to the will of God will gain that 
eternal reward. God has said He will redeem all of them who have 
lived faithful to Him. 

Elder Virgil Leatherman. Matthew 18:21-22. Unlimited Forgive- 
ness. We are serving a just and a living God. Forgiveness means to 
set free. Jesus said on the cross as He looked up towards Heaven, 
"Father forgive them for they know not what they do." If we 
confess our sins to Jesus He said He will forgive us. Our Heavenly 
Father has made provision that our sins can be blotted out. If 
Christ has forgiven us our sins He expects us to forget them. Too 
often we harbor grievous thoughts against one another too long. 
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to our Heavenly Father and He will forgive and cleanse us from all 
sins. 

Elder Joseph Flora closed. Man shall not live by bread alone. 
The most important food for us is the Word of God. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

CHRISTIAN AMERICA IS SPIRITUALLY ADRIFT 

Part 3 

Another sad and horrible condition exists in America that is sin 
to the nth degree. I must mention it. Previously, I wrote about 
abortion. 

Besides the thousands of aborted babies, over 4,300 preborn live 
babies are put to death, every day. The murderers who perform 
these henious deeds are under the protection of the Supreme 
court, legalized by their decision in the case of Roe vs Wade. 

In earlier days, abortion was very rare, and only resorted to in 
extreme cases. Today, according to one authority it is used as a 
convenience, and has become the nation's means of birth control. 

Babies bodies have been sold by the bag by abortion mills. They 
are used in the making of cosmetics and in research. Today, 
surgeons are plucking tissue from an unborn child and trans- 
planting it into the body of another person, hoping that the healthy 
tissue will ameliorate medical problems such as diabetes and 
Parkinson's disease. 

Seventy-five percent of all women who have abortions are 
unmarried. Abortion has become the "mopping up operation" from 
a breakdown in moral values. 

Christian America is not only drifting but is fast cascading to 
destruction. 

The institution of marriage which God ordained is being greatly 
flaunted. The wedding vow is "until death do us part." Yet, in 
America nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, and the half of 
them are because of adultery. 

Massage parlors, television, video tapes, nudist camps, houses of 
prostitution and beer parlors all are contributing to the breakdown 
of the morals of our nation. Such iniquity greatly diminishes the 
quality of the home. The home was God's first institution and the 
church was the second. Many homes today have but one parent. 
Many boys and girls do not have the benefit of both parents 
because of divorce or infidelity. 

Nobody can calculate the number of divorces, the emotional 
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citizens of our land. I am very sure that God will declare judgment 
against the editors, photographers, printers, distributors, sellers 
and readers of such filth. Adult book stores are a disgrace to any 
business community. 

There should be enough true Christians in the United States to 
shower the Attorney General's office with a blizzard of mail in 
protest against what is allowed to demoralize our country. Only 
the people of God can halt our slide into the cesspool of Satan, and 
that is by calling on God in fervent prayer, for His Divine help. 

With the increase in the "New Morality" America is becoming a 
new Sodom. Homosexuality is another sin Satan is saturating the 
world with. Homosexuality is in no way compatible with Christian- 
ity. It destroys the normal family relationships. Its one cause of the 
incurable disease AIDS. 

As a result of committing this sin, it was recorded in the August 
12, 1985 issue of TIME MAGAZINE that a twenty-eight year old 
man, dying of AIDS said, "I am very afraid to die such a young man. 
I'd like a little more time. I lived in the FAST LANE. If only God will 
give me a break." 

To be continued. 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 
THANK YOU 

"Thank you" is so easy to say, yet it means so much to know that 
the big things and the little things we do for peoole have been 
appreciated. It is one way we have of bearing one another's 
burdens as we are told in Gal. 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, 
and so fulfill the law of Christ." Christ said if we give only a cup of 
water in His name we will in no wise lose our reward. I think of the 
ten lepers Christ healed on one occasion but only one seemed to 
appreciate enough to turn back and say "thank you" to Jesus who 
responded by saying "but where are the other nine?" 

Right now, I want to say "Thank You" dear friends for all the 
prayers, telephone calls, cards, notes, and letters that have come 
my way since I had the misfortune of falling while packing my car, 
June 9, at Roxbury, Pennsylvania Camp Ground and fracturing 
three vertebra in my back. It was quite depressing the first weeks, 
but then the cards and letters began to come and my upiook and 
outlook was much improved. I still had much pain which was my 
burden as Gal. 6:5 states, "For every man shall bear his own 
burden." But the great Burden Bearer and His helpers lightened it 
and made it more bearable. X-rays show that it will not be 
crippling, but will require several weeks of rest or partial rest. So 
the least I can do is to say "Thank You." 



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The seven weeks of looking up have taught me to be more 
caring. I hope I will be a better witness of God's love in the future 
than I have in the past in understanding others who hurt, and return 
the small things I can to help make their burdens lighter. 

The longer we walk with the Lord the more we love Him, the 
dearer He becomes, the darker the world of sin looks, and the more 
to be shunned. Then when the devil brings sorrow, pain or 
whatever our way we can look up and say 'Thank You Lord." You 
went before and suffered for us the just for the unjust and you 
know our needs, too. 

The great oaks that the shipbuilders use to weather the stormy 
seas are not cut from the valley but from the mountain tops where 
the four winds, rains, hail and snow blast them from every side 
perhaps twenty-four hours a day and they have stood the test. 
Great Bible characters such as Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Job, Paul 
and many more faced and won with their Lord great trials in 
suffering through endurance. 

We can be winners too, but we must endure temptation. When 
the trials come we should always remember that our great Trial 
Winner went before and taught us how to win, and He will also help 
us to win. He said to His followers before He went away "Lo, I am 
with you always even unto the end of the world." This applies to us 
today also. Praise God! He is wonderful! 

Again I say "Thank You, dear friends" and 'Thank You, Lord" for 
the experience that has drawn me closer to you. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
RD2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 
SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 15, 1928 

A FEW THOUGHTS 

Ada Whitman 

Since worldliness is flooding the mother church and departures 
from the faith are manifest some seem to assume the wrong 
meaning of the parable of the tares and give that meaning as an 
excuse for the tolerance of this worldliness. They seem to think the 
field means the church and thus tolerate the worldly church 
member and in that sense they say, "let the tares grow up with the 
wheat." In Matt. 13:24-30 we find this parable of the tares. 

"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of 
heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 
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wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and 
brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of 
the householder came and said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go 
and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the 
tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together 
until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 
Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn 
them: but gather the wheat into my barn." 

It is important to note what the kingdom of heaven is likened to. 
It is not to the field in which the tares and the wheat were both 
sown nor to the enemy who sowed the tares but to the man which 
sowed good seed. 

The kingdom does what the sower is represented as doing. It 
sows the good seed. It is true that verse 37 states that the sower of 
the good seed is the Son of Man, and these two passages do not 
conflict. Since Jesus ascended to heaven His work is done through 
and by the kingdom or church. 

Verse 38 of this same chapter states clearly that the field is the 
world, not the church, but the world. 

After the disciples enquired of Jesus if they should go and gather 
up the tares He said, "Nay, lest while you gather up the tares, ye 
root up also the wheat with them." In the Christian Lesson 
Commentory 1900 we find that the roots of the wheat and tares 
were often so intertwined that one could not be pulled up without 
the other. 

The Lord does not mean to prohibit discipline in the church lest it 
might lead astray weaker brethren, but to prohibit the church from 
persecuting heretics and unbelievers, and to prohibit it on the 
ground that it would be ruinous to the church itself. The struggle 
that would arise would often cause the slaughter of his followers, 
the wheat would be pulled up as well as the tares, the world would 
everywhere regard Christians as relentless foemen, and would 
seek to destroy them. Besides, the attempt to remove the tares 
from the world would demoralize the church. So we see clearly 
that the tares do not mean the worldly church members. 

Some seem to think that when we point out this worldliness to 
the individual, we are judging our brother or sister. When we have 
absolute facts we are not judging. When we see those of the 
church following after the world in dress and pleasure, bobbing the 
hair, decking themselves with jewelry, dressing after the immodest 
fashion of the world we are not judging if we refuse to fellowship 
those things for God's word speaks out against them. John the 
Baptist cried out against the individual sin and brought men to 
repentance. Jesus said, woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, 



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hypocrites. We are responsible for what we fellowship, and there is 
danger of being a partaker of other men's sins. 

We hear a great deal these days about the great program of the 
church and about numbers. It is true the work of the church is a 
great work but the church is not to be brought down to the level of 
the world to get the numbers. If souls are to be saved they must be 
converted from the world and brought up to the plane of the church 
to Gospel requirements. 

The adversary surely has a good chance to gain headway when 
the ministers will keep silent and not take a stand against these 
worldly influences that are coming in (and that over the protest of 
the faithful few) and robbing the church of its power and influence 
for good. We are either for or against. There is no neutral ground. 
In I Cor. 5:1 1-13 Paul says, "But now I have written unto you not to 
keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or 
covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; 
with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them 
also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But 
them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from 
among yourselves that wicked person." The last part of the 13th 
verse refers us to Deut. 13:5 which says so shalt thou put the evil 
away from the midst of thee. 

Some seem to think that Paul here in verse 1 1 just meant we are 
not to eat with the fornicator. Why pick out just the fornicator when 
all those other sins are listed right along with it. I believe he meant 
those others just as strong as he did that one particular sin. In 
Romans 16:17 he again says, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark 
them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine 
which ye have learned; and avoid them." 

It isn't the loyal and faithful that cause the divisions but those 
that walk contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned. 

Now, going back to the parable again, in the last verse it seems 
as though some of the binding in bundles is going on now. Things 
are bundling up. The business world is compacting, they are 
binding together in secret societies, nations are leagueing to- 
gether, churches are federating. Not long ago I read an item in a 
daily paper where 93 churches in one of our cities were united in a 
great Sunday School drive for members. And one of those 
churches was the Church of the Brethren. My prayer is that those 
who sincerely want to serve the Master instead of the world will see 
conditions as they are and come out from among them and be 
united in a strong power against the evil. We can't be a friend of the 
world and serve the Lord too. James 4:4 says, ".... whosoever 
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation will hold their 
Harvest Meeting on September 4. Bro. Dennis St. John of Bryan, 
Ohio will be the speaker. We invite all to come and worship with us. 

Sister Rebecca Stalter, Cor. 

THANK YOUR 

Many thanks to the Brethren and Sisters who sent cards for our 
40th Anniversary. May God bless you. 

In Christian Love, 

Brother Roy and Sister Ada Meyers 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Church plans a Harvest Meeting on Sunday, August 
28, with Bro. Terry Gunderman as the speaker. 

The Lord willing, we will have Revival Meetings, October 7-16 
with Bro. Henry Walker as evangelist. Services will be at 7:30 
nightly with the Lovefeast Service on October 15 at 7:00 P.M. 

We invite all to these meetings. Please pray if you can't come to 
be with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

NOTICE 

Tapes are available again this year of the 1988 Conference. They 
are still $1.50 each or $16.50 per set. There are nine preaching 
tapes and two singing tapes. Call (419) 337-6251 or write: 

Sister Vera Pike 
3-12967 SH 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 



• •• • • • 



When the suspension bridge across the Niagara was to be 
erected, the question, was how to get the cable over. With a 
favoring wind, a kite was elevated, which alighted on the other 
shore. To its insignificant string, a cord was attached which was 
drawn over, then a rope, then a larger rope, then a cable strong 
enough to sustain the iron cable which supported the bridge, over 
which heavily laden trains passed in safety. This could never have 
been done but for the little kite-string, which may represent a weak 
faith, yet reaches to Christ and Heaven. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1988 

September 4 - Jacob and Esau Meet - Genesis 33:1-20. 

1. What are the dangers of parental partiality? verse 2. 

2. Consider the outcome of the meeting without Esau's forgive- 
ness. 

September 11 -Jacob Builds an Altar; Rachel Dies- Gen. (34:1-31) 
35:1-29. 

1. What is the meaning of Bethel? Genesis 28:19-22. 

2. Do we need to put away any "strange gods" so we can go up 
to Bethel? (House of God) 

September 18 - Joseph Dreams - (Genesis 36:1-43) Genesis 
37:1-36. 

1. Does God still speak through dreams? 

2. What seed of discord did Jacob sow in his family? (wives and 
children) 

September 25 - Potiphar Buys Joseph - (Genesis 38:1-30) Genesis 
39:1-23. 

1. Did God forget Joseph in Egypt? verse 2, 3, 23 

2. What was the secret to Joseph's victory? verse 9b. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1988 

September 4 -Sleep -Mark 13:33-37, Rom. 13:10-14, Eph. 5:14-17, 

I Thess. 5:5-10. 

1. What steps lead to spiritual sleepiness? 

2. Why must we "awake out of sleep"? I Peter 5:8, Romans 13:11. 
September 11 -Young Man's Fall - Acts 20:1-12, I Cor. 10:1-12. 

1. Do we sleep while others preach? Why? 

2. Do we need to watch where we sit spiritually speaking? 
Ps. 1:1. 

September 18 - Leaven - Matt. 16:10-12, Gal. 5:1-9. 

1. What was the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees? 

2. How do we purge our hearts of spiritual leaven? Ex. 12:15, 19, 

II Cor. 13:5. 

September 25 -The Fig Tree- Matt. 21:17-22, Mark 11:11-24. 

1. Does Jesus find fruit as He views our lives? 

2. What is the cause of and end result of unfruitfulness? Matt. 
13:22, Matt. 3:10. 



Paul Stump 

10340 K. Diamond Mill 

Union, OH 45522 



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VOL. LXVI 



SEPTEMBER 1, 1988 



NO. 17 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME 

This world is not my home, I'm just a passing thru, 
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; 
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, 
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. 

They're all expecting me, and that's one thing I know, 
My Savior pardoned me and now I onward go; 
I know He'll take me thru tho I am weak and poor 
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. 

I have a loving mother up in gloryland, 
I don't expect to stop until I shake her hand; 
She's waiting now for me in heaven's open door 
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. 

Just up in gloryland we'll live eternally, 

The saints on ev'ry hand are shouting victory, 

Their song of sweetest praise drift back from heaven's shore 

And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. 

- Unknown 



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TREASURES 

Men have many treasures, which they value. Some they value 
more than others. What seems valuable to one will be of little value 
to another. When a man thinks something to be valuable, he will 
develop a fondness for it. In fact he may place such a high value 
upon it that he becomes obsessed with it. He will do almost 
anything to protect it. It becomes the focal point of his mind and 
his heart. 

Money or some special article that money will buy will often 
become a man's treasure. A man will not only hoard his money but 
he will scheme how he can get more either through investment, 
interest or other increase. Because his wealth is his treasure he will 
begin to develop marginally dishonest means for protecting or 
increasing his present hoard. He may develop dishonest business 
schemes or deal falsely with his tax reporting. 

For some wealth is not their treasure. It is for them some object 
that they possess. It may be an heirloom that has been in the family 
for many generations. They begin to think they could hardly live 
without it. They take great pains to protect it. It may be locked 
away in a vault and of no use to anyone. 

Others' treasures may not be money or objects bought with 
money. The cars, houses, lands and other objects may not seem 
very important to some but there are other links to this world that 
take on primary value. While these treasures may be more noble 
than material treasures, they still can have too much value. 
Families are very important and each member of the family should 
be treasured but even families dare not become the greatest 
treasure. 

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Still, it remains that we each must choose what our treasure will 
be. If the treasures of this world have the highest priority, then our 
hearts will be centered there. That is what will be thought about. 
That is what will be most important and will receive the utmost 
effort. 

The treasures of this world are temporal. No matter how well 
protected, treasures will decay. Money can be destroyed by fire, 
earth or water. It can be devalued by governmental action or by the 
fall of a government or by the unscrupulous action of people of 
power and influence. 

The objects money can buy may also be destroyed. They will 
grow old and no longer function properly. They may be stolen, no 
matter how well protected by alarms and fences. The treasures of 
this earth are liable to corruption and thievery. 

Since earthly treasures are so unstable and perishable, what can 
a person hold to that will persist? Only a Heavenly treasure will 
endure. Only an eternal treasure will do. 

Whether that treasure is viewed as a possession or a goal it is the 
treasure that demands first place in the heart and mind of the 
Christian. Too many goals today are hardly worthy of the effort 
demanded to secure them. They will disappear even if once 
secured for they are only temporal. They can disappear, be taken 
away or be destroyed. If an all out effort is going to be expended it 
should be in a worthwhile endeavor. 

Not only is the eternal treasure the securing of the goal, it is also 
the effort to secure it. The Goal of a Heavenly Home is certainly 
worth of every effort made. But the effort itself is of value. The 
good done and the glory and praise given to God are worthy 
treasures for the Christian. The Christian is in the race not only to 
secure the Home in Heaven at the end of the race but he must have 
a daily desire to be serving God by direct efforts in his service or 
through indirect service to other people. This treasure although 
not measured in monetary value can not be taken away from the 
Christian. What he does for God or even his neighbor cannot be 
destroyed or stolen. 

Men will risk much, even their lives to secure earthly treasures. 
The real tragedy is that men not only risk their lives but also their 
souls to get earthly riches or position. They are willing to ignore or 
disobey God in order to have what they have their hearts set on. 

How much more valuable is the Christian's treasure? Yet how 
much risk is he willing to take to secure it? Is he willing to risk life 
and limb? Is he even willing to risk getting out of his comfort zone 
to secure that treasure? Too many Christians are too comfortable 
where they are to risk anything so they might have an even greater 
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How much effort would you expend to secure a worldly treasure? 
Would you be willing to expend that effort to secure an even 
greater treasure? You can! 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Hot, Cold or Lukewarm" 

Isn't it amazing that today the conservative church wants to be 
accepted by a world that could not accept the One we follow, Jesus 
Christ? We desire the things of the world, the esteem of the 
peoples of the world... and ultimately, when we look back over our 
sojourn here, these things are going to look strangely grim and 
invaluable in the light of His glory and grace. 

As we look back to the 1980's, will our prayer lives look thread- 
bare and ragged? Will our loyalty seem to have been faltering and 
sick? Will our sacrifice for the Kingdom appear pale and pathetic? 
Will our zeal seem small and our limping love bring tears to our 
eyes? There is a time coming soon when "the harvest will be past, 
our summer ended..." and we will stand before the judgment seat of 
God. Will this occasion find our swords unbloodled from having no 
spiritual warfare? Will we be hunting for excuses as to our lack of 
commitment? Now is the time to correct our slim sacrifice. 

Christians and the church have probably never faced a greater 
challenge from the powers of darkness than is experienced today. 
If the fire goes out in the boiler room of the church, the place still 
looks neat and clean but it is cold. The same is true of the "boiler 
room" of our hearts. When our holy passion ceases to move us; 
then we become cold inside even though we still have all the 
exterior markings of a Christian. Our power is lost and com- 
placency sets in. 

I talk to Christians today who think the church is becoming 
lukewarm. If this is true, then we are each one personally 
responsible. God ignores a cold church. He rejoices in a hot 
church with the presence of His Spirit. He vomits the lukewarm 
church from His mouth. 

The lukewarm church is well illustrated in Christ's communi- 
cation to Laodicea. The Laodicean church is a church where 
everything is decided by popular opinion and not by prayer and 
fasting. It is a church with packed council meetings but with much 
less fervor for worship. It is prosperous and everything seems, 
somehow, to center around the treasury. Laodicea was prosperous 
and the city was the center of the banking system. Industry 
flourished and there was a center for the practice of medicine 
there. Eyesalve was their major export and it is ironic that the Lord 
says, "I counsel thee to anoint thine eyes with eyesalve." They 



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were finally identified as wretched, miserable, poor, blind and 
naked! That is a pretty scathing indictment. With all that they 
seemed to have that people could see... they were backrupt of 
heart. 

Along with you, I am very concerned about the horror of 
pornography, abortion, murder, crime, divorce and AIDS... but the 
time has come when judgment must begin at the house of the Lord. 
The salt is losing its savor. You know, when salt loses its savor it 
doesn't lose its potency. When it ceases to heal, it proceeds to 
corrupt. This is true of a lukewarm church. It is a greater 
hinderance than a cold one. 

It almost seems that instead of healing the cripple at the gate, the 
church is crippled and is asking for alms to carry on its work. What 
a dicotomy. If ever we needed to be praying for healing of the 
church, it is today. We are concerned about the healing of our 
nation... but we must look closer than that. As the Church goes, so 
goes the world. 

We live in the age of impatience. Everything is "instant." Instant 
marriage, instant divorce, for example. Few people wait upon the 
Lord. Oh yes, we are quick to pour out our complaint to Him but 
we forget to wait until He talks to us. We expect fast service from 
our prayers just like we expect to whiz through the express lane at 
K-Mart... the lane for ten requests or less! 

Lukewarmness occurs when our flesh pulls us more than we are 
aware of... when we live daily without eternity's values in focus... 
when we act and react as spiritual dwarfs and want the companion- 
ship of giants... when we are satisfied to wear faded garments of 
lack-luster commitment. 

Lukewarmness occurs when we "nest" in prayer rather than 
"wrestle" in prayer... when we equate "bigness" with effectiveness 
in the church... and when we can consider the Word of God "trivia." 

Could it be that we should be praying for death instead of life? 
We need to pray for the death of self... "That we might know Him 
and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His 
suffering." Let's discontinue the practice of preening our feathers 
and let's try our wings. Let's live with the view from the vantage 
point of eternity. 

OUR PRAYER: "Revive us, Lord. Give us zeal unabated. Breath 
upon us and sweep through us and give us life and power. Cleanse 
and renew us and make us fit to meet the challenge of our age. 
Help us to see the fields white and MAKE US HOT, LORD. Equip 
us to spread your light." In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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CHRISTIAN AMERICA IS SPIRITUALLY ADRIFT 

Part 4 

Many individuals are living a deprived, immoral, regrettable and 
miserable lives because they yielded to the lust of the eye and the 
lust of the flesh which definitely is not of God but is of the Devil. 
I John 2:16. 

Because of guilt there is a surge of suicides among teenagers. 
Many are in deep trouble because they lost their manhood and 
womanhood. They are so engrossed in sin that they cannot even 
live with themselves. They commit suicide, thinking it is the easy 
way out. Dr. Steven Stark of Auburn University, in speaking of 
adolescent suicides, stated that the rate is much higher among 
those who do not attend Sunday School than among those who do. 
It pays to serve Jesus each step of the way. 

Conditions today are far from the way God has ordained them to 
be. Certainly, it is only through His mercy and grace that He has 
not already sent His Son, Jesus, to take His OBEDIENT children 
out of this sin-cursed world. The time for His second coming may 
not be far in the distance. 

Many people admit that what they are hearing is watered down, 
that in many churches all that remains is a social religion. They do 
not receive the sincere milk of the Word (I Peter 2:2) nor spiritual 
our land, is because the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not 
being preached from the pulpit. 

Many people admit that what they are hearing is watered down, 
that in many churches all that remains is a social religion. They do 
not receive the sinners milk of the Word (I Peter 2:2) nor spiritual 
meat (I Cor. 10:3), neither do they receive the Bread of Life. John 
6:48, Jesus speaking, "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE." As a conse- 
quence, the lives of churched people are not being converted, 
transformed or renewed as they should be and as God intended. 

Years ago many homes displayed a motto, "Christ is the head of 
the home." Is He? Today many homes are the arena for child 
abuse and battered women. Often it is a case where both parents 
grievously abuse and torture their children. Children are pounded 
by their father with their fists until the child loses consciousness. 
Many have been battered and bruised with rods or boards. One 
father, with a lighted cigarette, burned his son's body many, many 
times. 

Another made his son take his shirt off and lay on his stomach. 
Then he took a lit cigarette lighter and went up and down his back, 
the burns blistered and festered, but the father made his son go to 
school. Which turned out to be a good thing for the boy. He could 



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not sit down in his seat. He stood beside it. Finally the teacher was 
about to punish him. The boy was warned by his father never to tell 
what he did to him. The boy could not take more punishment so he 
told the teacher. It is law that a teacher, doctor, minister, nurse, 
police officer and so forth learn of child abuse they are to report it 
to the proper authorities. The teacher did his duty. He reported it. 
The law took the child from the home and arrested the father. 

A seven year old boy, was so deformed, that his father and 
mother agreed to lock him in a clothes closet. He was there for 
months without the benefit of a bathroom and was given food, only 
when the parents chose to give it. The neighbors realizing that 
they had not seen the boy for some time, notified the police. They 
investigated and released a very emaciated boy. They took the boy 
away from the parents. 

Another boy was tied to a post in the cellar while his father beat 
him unconscious. 

These few instances are just the tip of the iceberg. Many abused 
children never make it publicly known. Such fathers are delib- 
erately breaking God's law. Col. 3:21 definitely states, "Fathers, 
provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged." That 
does not mean the parents are not to correct or punish their 
children, if the need arises. But not to brutily beat them. 

Not only the children but many men batter their wives shame- 
fully. They strike with blow after blow. This condition is so bad 
and so universal that shelters have been provided where these 
women, often with their children, can go for protection and 
treatment. God's Word teaches us in Col. 3:19, "Husbands, love 
your wives, and be not bitter against them." 

If people would turn to God's Word and live it, there would be no 
need for organizations such as Parents Anonymous, Crisis Inter- 
vention, Department of Human Services, Child Advocacy Center, 
Family Counseling Service, Rape Crisis Center and a host of other 
agencies confronted with these problems. 

IT PAYS TO SERVE JESUS EACH DAY. 

To be continued. 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 

1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1988 Issue 

Sunday P.M. 

Elder Harley Flory opened. Matthew 9:35-38. The harvest truly is 
plenteous, but the laborers are few. Let us be faithful servants. 



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Elder William Carpenter. Genesis 4:7. If Thou Doest Well? - And 
If Not Well. Adam and Eve's first two sons were named Cain and 
Abel. Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground for the 
Lord. Cain's offering at that time was not a blood offering. By faith 
Abel offered a most excellent sacrifice to the Lord. He brought the 
first of his flock as an offering to the Lord. God accepted Abel's 
offering and it was consumed by fire that came down from Heaven. 
Cain became very wroth when rejected by the Lord. Anger can 
deteriorate our body, and also it can deteriorate us spiritually. Cain 
took Abel out in the field and took his life. God asked Cain where 
his brother was. He told God he knew not, and this was a lie. Cain 
said, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The penalty of sin is death. Cain 
was very grieved of this sin he committed and he went out to dwell 
in the land of Nod. 

Eider Emmert Shelly. John 15:1-11. Abiding. Jesus has given 
Himself that we can work out our soui's salvation. Is our name 
written in that Book in Heaven? Have we accepted our Lord and 
Savior? We should have a happy heart that Jesus came as our 
Savior. We should be very thankful that we can become heirs of 
our Heavenly Father. Have we built upon that rock Jesus Christ? If 
we abide in Him we must live faithful to Christ. All our life here on 
this earth are we doing all we can to work for Jesus? Jesus said in 
John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in 
me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me 
ye can do nothing." Do you have your mind centered on Heavenly 
things? Take up my yoke upon you for my burden is light Jesus 
tells us in the Holy Word. 

Elder Harley Rush closed. How often do we forget our Brother or 
Sister? Am I my Brother's keeper? If we are willing to abide in the 
faith ye must live faithful to Christ and His teachings. 
Sunday Evening. 

Elder Dale Jamison opened. II Corinthians 5:1. The love of 
Christ constraineth us. The love of Christ constrained the Apostle 
Paul. The Apostle Paul was a faithful worker for Christ. 

Elder Robert Carpenter. I Peter 2:1-6. Growing. All around us 
we see signs of growing. There are four signs of growing. Grain 
when planted in the ground, our bodies, our spiritual being and the 
Church. A grain of wheat as just a kernel is dead. A little grain of 
wheat put in the ground germinates and comes forth in a new life. 
This is a marvel that God has given us. Our spiritual being after we 
are born again is a new life. The Apostle Paul was changed and 
turned around by the Lord. The church began to grow at Penecost. 
Jesus said, "Upon this rock i build my church and the gates of Hell 
shall not prevail against it." After the grain of wheat grows up it 



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reaches maturity. A little child grows up from an infant to a teen- 
ager to maturity. These are all miracles of God. While we are living 
we are growing. Spiritual maturity takes in most of our lives. When 
grain is growing many things can cause it to depreciate for a time. 
While growing in the church many problems happen to make us 
stronger. Our bodies sometimes are plagued with a disease. 
Sometimes when this happens it makes us spiritually stronger. In 
the midst of the trials there can be joy. One of the definitions of 
growing is flourishing. Our life is a journey unto death. As a stock 
of corn dies, it leaves an ear. As our bodies decline and grow old 
we pass from this scene. That is a beautiful thing. Our soul has 
more hope. Our soul and spirit does not decline, but makes a 
preparation. After our soul leaves this earth our prayer is to meet 
our Heavenly Father. 

Elder Fred Pifer. Job 2:1-3. To the Young People. Hold Fast 
Thine Integrity. There are two people who desire your lives. It is 
God and Satan. When stress comes in your life, this might be 
Satan. Integrity means purity. Those of you who are whole in 
Christ remain there. If you have integrity hold it. Satan will try to 
take it away from you. There will be times in your life you will have 
to hold on to your integrity and say, "no." Sometimes even in our 
own family we have to hold on to our integrity and say, "no." Job 
said "no" to his wife. He would not curse God and die. He held on 
to his integrity. He did not obey his wife. When we lose our 
integrity our sins become as scarlet. We need to study God's Holy 
Word to know good from evil. If we stop meditating on God's Holy 
Word we can very easily fall into sin and lose our integrity. Young 
people you need to walk away from sin to hold on to your integrity. 
Young people sometimes you have to stand alone with your 
integrity. God will be with you if you stay away from sin. Young 
people if you allow Satan to deceive you to sin in fornication you 
need to run away, flee from it and hold to your integrity. If you are 
a child of God and have lost your integrity you can get back with 
Christ and have a clean heart again and inherit that eternal life. 

Elder Paul Stump closed. We have been spiritually fed. Young 
people feed on God's Word. There is so much filthy literature 
today. Read and study God's Holy Word. 
Monday A.M. 

Bro. James Meyers opened. Mark 6:30-35. We came here this 
morning to refresh our minds as we study out of God's Word. 

Adult Bible Study Lesson. II Timothy 3:1-17. Throughly 
Furnished for Perilous Times. 

Children. I Kings 17:1-24. God cares for His Servant. 

Bro. David Aungst. Galatians 5. Church Builders, Church 



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Destroyers. We are going to have to know God and Jesus, so we 
can learn and grow from the Holy Word. We should be able to grow 
for Jesus Christ. Are we letting our light shine? Before we start to 
be builders in the Church we must get ourselves right with God and 
be saved. If we are not builders in the Church we are nothing but 
destroyers. Jesus Christ is captain of our salvation. Man is 
nothing, but Jesus is everything. We must look at our own life. Are 
we living close to the Holy Word of God. Jesus loved us and He 
gave His life that we might have a Church. A double minded 
person is unstable in all his ways. That is not a builder in the 
Church. Do we let our light shine out in this old world? Can the 
world tell if we are living according to Christ's teaching? We must 
be a kind and loving people if we want to be a builder in the 
Church. Start to volunteer and do the work of the Church. 
Encourage others to go to Church and learn out of God's Holy 
Word. Stand up for Christ and be willing to do the work of the 
Church, teaching others the way of Christ. Don't let Satan sting 
you and cause you to lose your faith in Christ. You can't be a 
builder in the Church if you let Satan deceive you. Satan is the 
Angel of Light. We must be faith believing and keep our minds 
close to Christ's teaching. Let's work in unity and not have two 
heads in the Church. Christ is the only Head we must follow. Let's 
live for Him. After we build a Church we want to teach our children. 
We must be a good example to our children, telling them of Jesus 
and the great glories of God. We can build their faith in Christ. In 
the future they too can be builders in the future Church. Are we 
evangelists for Jesus Christ? Are we instructing people with 
Christ's teachings. Are we building in the Church? 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer closed. It takes each one of us to build each 
other up. The Word is the authority of our life. If we become a 
friend of the world we become an enemy of God. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 1, 1928 
I CORINTHIANS 11:6 

William Wells 

"For if the woman be not covered let her also be shorn, but if it be 
a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven let her be covered." 

Plainer words could not be spoken. I take the stand that this 
statement is just as essential and comes to us today with as much 
force and backing as the words of Jesus Christ to Nicodemus in 



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regard to his spiritual birth when He (Jesus) said except a man be 
born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven. Yes, but says 
some one, "the saying of John 3 was spoken by Jesus himself and 
I Cor. 11 was spoken by Paul." 

I heard a minister in our Church make such a statement as that as 
late as 1928. He was not talking to me but he was in my house at 
the time he said it. I some way held my peace. 

I contend, brethren, that a statement like that is anti-scriptural 
and with the most flimsiest foundation. The words of Paul come to 
us today with the same backing that the words of Christ do. What 
Jesus Christ said while he was living and teaching here on the 
earth would never availed anything had it not been for the coming 
of the Holy Ghost to bring to the memory of his disciples what he 
said. Every thing that he said would have died with him had it not 
been for the coming of the Holy Ghost. This is clear to me, as I 
shall try to prove. While Christ's body was lying in the tomb one 
afternoon Peter said, "I go a fishing", and there was a number of 
the other disciples that jumped at the conclusion and off they went 
to the Sea of Gallilee or some place else and looked up their old 
fishing boat and at it they went. The whole thing was off, all was a 
failure, the man of Gallilee was dead and buried. "We must make a 
living for ourselves and families so we would just as well go back to 
our same old job." If this is not what they said they surely acted it 
out all right. And I imagine some of them were going around with 
long faces lamenting. They thought he was going to restore again 
the kingdom of Israel. To say the least the only hope his followers 
had of Christ's mission was to restore their kingdom and he be their 
king. But with the coming of the Holy Ghost such thoughts 
vanished. And they were filled with vigor and knowledge to the 
extent that the earthly kingdom vanished from them. But instead 
the sayings of their teacher loomed up before them as they never 
did before. 

Peter said to Jesus one time, I will die for thee, but Peter did not 
understand. But when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit then he 
understood. So Peter did not tell any story after all, he did die for 
his Master. 

So I believe after all Jesus did more for the salvation of his 
apostles when he sent the Holy Spirit to bring to their remember- 
ance what he had said than he did when he said it. And the same 
spirit was so mighty in revealing to Peter and the rest of the 
apostles the teaching of Jesus was equally as mighty in the life and 
teaching of Paul in I Cor. 11:6, and all of his fourteen letters to the 
various churches that he wrote to. Now, brethren, what I am about 
to say I am not saying it just to, be hard-boiled, it comes from my 
heart, and not boasting of my righteousness, God forbid, but when 



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a sister sits down to the communion table and partakes of the 
communion with her hair cut off she commits a gross sin. She 
would ten times better have her head shaved. And I believe from 
my heart why so much of that is seen among so many of our sisters 
is for the lack of pulpit teaching. Brethren, listen, there is no 
organization on this earth today and never was, that had power 
over sin only the Church, and that the Church has; for Jesus Christ 
emphatically said, "Whose sins ye remit they are remitted and 
whosoever sins ye retain they are retained." If that saying of Jesus 
will not apply to the New Testament Church then where can it be 
applied? I know of mothers who are doing all they can against the 
evil of their girls cutting off their hair and some few of them are 
successful and some are not, while on the other hand some are 
doing nothing, only laying the example. Just recently a young 
sister, less than twenty years old, said to me like this, "I did not 
know that it meant so much to belong to the Church, why are we 
young people not taught more of the doctrines of the Church?" 
Read Paul in II Cor. 11:2-3. 

"For I am jealous over you with godly jealously, for I have 
espoused you to one husband, that I may present you a chaste 
virgin to Christ." Listen, "But I fear lest by any means as the 
serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility so your mind should be 
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." 

Paul's teaching, backed by the power of the Holy Spirit is just as 
sacred to Jesus as if He had said it himself. To me, to question the 
authority of the writing of the apostles would be to question the 
authority of the Holy Ghost. 

HOW GREAT THOU ART 

During the weeks of my convalescence I have thought much 
about the working of God. Everything in this great universe is a 
witness to the fact that God is, His great wisdom in creation, His 
power, and the ways in which everything does or should witness of 
Him, and praise Him from the smallest, oddest plant and animal to 
the stars, planets and galaxies. God made all for His pleasure and 
to be witnesses to man that He is the Almighty. 

A cactus plant, a night blooming Ceries always intrigues me 
when it blooms, It requires several weeks to grow large buds about 
the size of my fist each one on an approximately seven inch long 
hollow tube from which the flower opens at dark. The bloom 
consists of many long petals of pure white formed in bell shape and 
last only until dawn the next morning. In thecenter is a pure white 
pistil in star shape, back of which is a beautiful formation of 



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numerous pure white stamens each attached to a pure white thread 
resembling white nylon, all of which extend back through the long 
tube to where the bud was first formed. The whole inside of the 
bloom is shimmering white when a flash light is shined into it. 
Many people upon seeing the bloom for the first time exclaim, "I 
have never seen anything like that before." 

To me the blooms of the night bloomer represent the second 
advent of Christ who as the Great Star came riding through the 
clouds in the jet darkness followed by the angels and the redeemed 
of the ages. It gives one a feeling of awe to even behold such an 
inspiring creation of God, so fragile, yet it has stood the test of 
time, perhaps since creation, as a witness to us of Christ's return. 

The fact that each little stamen has its own silken thread running 
the length of the tube to its beginning would resemble each 
person's faith in Jesus Christ — the one who gives each of us 
spiritual life with clean hands and pure heart. If the tube is cut the 
connecting threads are severed and fall from the bloom. So if we 
are cut off from Christ we too fall away from His kingdom and are 
of no value. The very sweet odor of the plant that invades the 
whole house may be likened to our Christian walk as being a light 
or something to be desired, a witness for Christ. 

The plant itself is a native of the tropics where it is choked and 
hindered by the dense tall plants and trees. But it has long running 
limbs tht climb the trucks of the trees to reach the sunlight. This, 
too, is a symbol of the Christian who is constantly choked and 
hindered by Satan trying to separate us from Christ and to keep us 
from being fruitful spiritually. It takes effort to be beautiful, 
blooming plants in the dense hot tropics, and it also takes effort for 
us to be fruitful spiritual plants in the wilderness of sin. 

As God created the plants perfect He also created man perfect. 
But man did not stay perfect; he sinned. Then God did something 
special for man, He sent His only Son to redeem him and pay the 
price with His own blood to give him the free gift of redemption. 

Will our hearts and garments be pure white and glistening that 
we may be following our Bright and Morning Star in that formation 
of saints and angels when they descend from Heaven in the Lord's 
Day upon the earth. It is worth our all. May we pray and strive to be 
in that number. Whatever the cost, it is worth it all. 

Eternity! Where? 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Sanctification 
J, H. Moore 

The doctrine of sanctification runs all through the Bible, and is 
most clearly taught, as well as defined in Rom. 6:19, Revised 
Version: "For as ye presented your members as servants to un- 
cleanness and to iniquity, even so now present your members as 
servants to righteousness unto sanctification." The doctrine of 
sanctification, while closely related to the doctrine of holiness, 
consecration and even perfection, means the setting apart for a 
special purpose. God sanctified the seventh day. That is, he set 
the day apart for a holy or special purpose. It is said that he 
sanctified the tabernacle. It was dedicated to the Lord and his 
special use. When one is fully set apart to serve the Lord, or is 
dedicated to the Lord, or consecrated to his service, then he is 
sanctified, he is made holy. In John 17:17 Jesus prayed the Father 
to sanctify his apostles "through thy truth"; then he added: "Thy 
word is truth." The sanctification, or more fully setting apart, was 
to be effected through the truth. The Word of God gives directions 
how this may be done. In I Peter 1:22 we read: "Seeing ye have 
purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit." Here 
the process is given. Men and women are to be purified, sanctified, 
or made holy, by obeying the truth. All of this is to be done through 
the Spirit, but not independent of obeying the Word. Those who 
accept Christ in faith and comply with the conditions connected 
with conversion, regeneration and the new birth, are dedicated to 
the Lord's service. — consecrated, — and therefore sanctified and 
made holy. Like the apostles, they have been sanctified in obeying 
the truth. It is a complete dedication, a complete setting apart. 

But we are not here teaching the so-called doctrine of sinless 
perfection. There are those who hold that in sanctification they 
have reached a point of perfection where it is impossible for them 
to sin. The claims of such pretenders have brought the doctrine 
into bad repute in many communities. As a rule, those who set up 
this claim for themselves, premeditatedly ignore a number of the 
plain commands recorded in the New Testament. We do not teach 
that kind of sanctification. The sanctification that we teach and 
emphasize is the complete setting apart of the new-born creature 
to the perfect service of God, and the man who yields himself to 
this perfect service will not knowingly ignore any of the divine 
requirements. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, the Walnut Grove Congregation is looking 
forward to a scheduled revival meeting of one week starting 
September 25 and ending with our Lovefeast on Sunday, October 
2. Bro. Allen Eberly from Lititz, Pennsylvania will be the evangelist. 
Come and encourage us with your presence and prayers, that 
saints will be revived and souls saved. 

Sister Dorothy Nell, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Revival Meetings held July 15 through 24, 1988 began with 
memorable firsts for the Bethel Congregation. The first night of the 
revival was the first worship service in our new church building. 
This was also the first revival effort by our evangelist, Bro. Mike 
Wray from Modesto, California. 

We certainly enjoyed the spirit-filled messages and were re- 
minded of our many duties and obligations to Christ and the 
Church; our responsibilities as husbands and fathers, wives and 
mothers, parents and children; our relationship within the church 
family; to neighbors and friends and business associates. Let us 
live out the messages we have heard. Revival - Renewal - 
Rebuilding. Changing our hearts and lives to what Christ would 
have us do. 

^ We were happy to have Sis. Donna with us during this time. May 
God bless Bro. Wray with many years of service for the Master. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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An aged sinner said, "When I was young, I said, 'I cannot give up 
the world now, but will when I have passed the meridian of life; then 
I shall be ready to attend to the concerns of my soul.' But here I am 
an old man. I feel no disposition to enter upon the work of 
salvation. In looking back, I often feel as if I would give worlds if I 
could be placed where I was when I was twenty years old. There 
were not half so many difficulties in my path then as there are 
now." 



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VOL. LXVI SEPTEMBER 15, 1988 NO. 18 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



BRIGHTLY GLEAMS OUR BANNER 

Brightly gleams our banner, Pointing to the sky, 
Waving on Christ's soldiers To their home on high. 
Marching thro' the desert, Gladly thus we pray, 
Still with hearts united Singing on our way. 

Jesus, Lord and Master, At Thy sacred feet, 
Here with hearts rejoicing See Thy children meet; 
Often have we left Thee, Often gone astray; 
Keep us, mighty Savior, In the narrow way. 

All our days direct us In the way we go; 

Lead us on victorious Over ev'ry foe; 

Bid Thine angels shield us When the stormclouds low'r; 

Pardon, Lord, and save us In the last dread hour. 

Then with saints and angels May we join above, 
Off ring prayers and praises At Thy throne of love; 
When the toil is over, Then comes rest and peace; 
Jesus in His beauty, Songs that never cease. 

- Thomas J. Potter 



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DAVID, GOLIATH, YOU AND ME 

Possibly the best known Bible story is the story of David and 
Goliath. It is known by small children and old grandfathers. The 
importance of that story transcends the importance of that par- 
ticular situation. It speaks of the battle between large and small, 
right and wrong. Beyond the simple moral lesson that this story 
teaches there are several other lessons contained within this story. 
Like other Bible passages, I Sam. 17 can be mined for new gems of 
truth even though it has been studied many times before. 

David was taken aback by the cowardice of the army of Israel. 
Whenever Goliath appeared to make his boast not only against 
Israel's army, but against Israel's God as well, the army cowered. 
Even Saul, the king, was disheartened. Instead of being out in front 
with his troops he was in his tent. 

David could not understand this fear. He had faced many 
dangers as a shepherd and he was willing to face danger again in 
defense of his God. When David was brought before Saul, before 
he went out to face Goliath, Saul put his own armor on David. That 
armor was way too big and heavy for David. David could not 
handle himself in that armor. He put it off for he could not wear 
armor he had not proven. 

A lesson for us is that we must each fight our own battle. We 
must prove our own armor. First, we must be sure we are enlisted 
in the Lord's army. No matter how much good we do socially, 
philanthropically or even religiously, it will count for nothing if we 
are not a child of God. We can become a child of God only on His 
terms not ours. Second, we must don the armor outlined by Paui in 
Ephesians 6. We must put on each piece, then prove it in our daily 

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battle with Satan, sin and self. This armor is designed to protect us 
only when we advance. It is not designed to cover our backs when 
we retreat. 

David though disdained by Goliath was able to get the advantage 
by using the weapon that he was used to. His sling and one smooth 
stone when properly handled by his expert hands brought down 
the giant. He did not try to use weapons that he was unfamiliar 
with. 

In our daily Spiritual battle we must each use the talents that we 
have been given. While ourtalents differ, they are given to each of 
us by God so we can have victory just like David. We must never 
forget that the talents or weapons come from God and are placed 
at our disposal so we might be victorious. 

Although David went forth with great courage, he still had 
discouragements. The greatest discouragement was the size and 
demeanor of Goliath. He very roughly spoke to David, taking little 
serious notice of him. Not only did he make light of David, but of 
David's God as well. If this discouragement was not enough, David 
also had the discouragement of harsh words from his brother Eliab. 
The older brother accused David of being merely a curious 
spectator. 

Discouragements come to the Christian both from outside and 
within the family of God. The surrounding world is never a friend, a 
true friend, to the Christian. Those of the world will ridicule not 
only the Christian's life-style — if he truly is separated — but his 
God as well. There will be doubts expressed about the existence or 
power of God. The Word of God will be negated and its command- 
ments set at nought. 

Discouragement can even be found within the Church. A 
Christian may be discouraged by the evident lack of progress in the 
congregation's lack of growth in number or Spirit. Individual fellow 
Christians may discourage by their irreverent lifestyles. They may 
discourage through opposition to the launching forth into more 
dedicated service or holier living. David still went forth though 
discouragements were about him. The Christian must continue to 
press onward and upward though discouragement is present. 

David's courage encouraged the rest of the army. After he had 
overcome Goliath, Israel's army took courage, pursued and 
destroyed most of the Philistines. Without David's courageous 
example, they were defeated but his courage energized them. 

The act born out of courage not only encourages the man 
himself but it encourages many others. The courageous act soon 
grows into more acts so a harmful habit can be overcome, a sin can 
be repented of. We are our "brother's keeper" so our courage can 
help him to do better. This God given courage is necessary in our 



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Spiritual lives and theirs. 

David had a great and dramatic victory over Goliath. Our 
Goliaths may not be of the same type but we can learn from David 
how to face and overcome them. 

Do you dare to go forth like David? 

CHRISTIAN AMERICA IS SPIRITUALLY ADRIFT 

Part 5 

There are a great many terminally ill in hospitals, nursing homes 
and other institutions. They are there not by choice, but because 
they need care that cannot be given in their homes. There is no 
hope for recovery. There is a group, and the group is growing, who 
advocate euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing 
individuals who are hopelessly sick or injured — for reasons of 
mercy. They take the position that a person in that condition has a 
right to die. That rather than wither, suffer and waste away till life 
leaves the body, by the use of euthanasia they could "die with 
dignity." That such persons would have a humane death, thus 
ending human suffering. 

Advocates contend euthanasis should be everyone's perrogative. 
If such a law were passed, it would legalize suicide for terminal 
patients, and permit a person to deliberately kill another person. 
For instance a doctor could administer a lethal medication that 
would result in death. How can anyone devalue life to the point of 
deliberate killing. Killing is murder. 

Let us compare such teaching with the Word of God. Ecclesi- 
astes 3:2 states, "There is a time to be born and a time to die." God 
sets these times, not man. Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed 
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." What do you 
think will be the judgment of the man, whoever he is, that takes a 
life, when the Bible plainly states, "Thou shalt not kill?" Exodus 
20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17, Matthew 5:21 and Romans 13:9. 

What is the remedy? 

Repentant Christians in prayer will be able to do more for 
America than all the government laws and programs rolled into 
one. The short comings of our nation are the results of the sins of 
God's people. 

Remember the scripture that I referred to, previously, from II 
Chronicles 7:14 "IF MY PEOPLE..." It was God's people then that 
sinned, and the same is true today. We must confess with troubled 
hearts that America has forgotten God. She is rolling in luxuries, 
revelling in excesses, frolicking in pleasure, revolting in morals and 
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Ezra must have experienced in his day, among the Children of 
Israel, similar forsaking of the ways of truth and right. He was 
prompted to pray a very touching prayer as recorded in Ezra 9:6, 
"...O my God, 1 am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my 
God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our 
trespass is grown up unto the heaven." 

When God's people pray, God hears and answers. One person's 
prayer can influence God. There never has been a Spiritual 
awakening in any nation or locally that did not begin with fervent 
prayer. James 5:16, "... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous 
man availeth much." 

American today is spending billions of dollars in armament and 
national defense, at the same time permitting our natural and 
spiritual life to erode. 

Our country is in military, financial, educational, spiritual and 
moral decay. We face problems so serious as to threaten our very 
survival as a free nation. Apart from prayer and repentance, 
America will never experience the power of God in a Spiritual 
awakening. 

Our fore-fathers founded this nation upon the Christian faith. It 
can only remain a Christian Nation as long as we follow the Lord 
our God. When the Pilgrims landed on our shores at Plymouth 
Rock, they knelt upon the shore and dedicated this country to God. 

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to 
organize this nation and write the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin 
called on the members of the convention to fall upon their knees 
and pray for divine wisdom and guidance. This is how our nation, 
through God's help, in answer to those prayers, became the 
greatest. 

We must return to the faith of our fathers. The present day crisis 
is acute. The danger is imminent. Time is running out. The choice 
for America is clear. It is repent or perish. Revival or ruin. Christ or 
chaos. 

Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 5:13, "Ye are the salt of the 
earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be 
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to 
be trodden under foot of men." America needs to pray for a triple 
portion of that spiritual salt, before she runs completely out. 

I think the plain, fundamental churches believing in and obeying 
the commandments and keeping the ordinances is what is pre- 
venting God from calling an end to time. 

May we think seriously about our soul's salvation. May we strive 
to enter in at the straight gate, as recorded in Luke 13:24, spoken 



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by Jesus, Himself. 



Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 



STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, DANGER 

The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4 was admonishing the church at 
Ephesus. This chapter was directly written for those who were 
called of the Lord, and were in the number of the Ephesian 
congregation. Quite a variety of people, yet thinking they were 
serving the Lord. This reminds me of the present day condition of 
the churches. Beware that we, each one, be not entangled in these 
sins. Please read the chapter. 

Here is the catalog of sins Paul is warning them about: carried 
about with every wind of doctrine, vanity of mind that darkens the 
mind and heart, lasciviousness, uncleanness, greediness, corrupt 
conversation, lying, wrath, stealing, slothfulness, bitterness, 
clamour, malice and evil speaking. This is quite a list of bad things 
to be in one congregation. 

Ephesus was the home congregation of the beloved Apostle 
John. According to Christ's message to John in 96 AD on the Isle 
of Patmos these problems had been patiently and untiringly dealt 
with until they were eliminated from the church. However the 
wound that had been made was so deep that it left a scar that still 
existed. Love among the people concerned had diminished to the 
extent that Christ said, "Remember therefore from whence thou art 
fallen, and repent, and do the first works (love); or else I will come 
unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, 
except thou repent." Rev. 2:5. 

These sins still have the same impact on the churches today as 
they had at Ephesus, and even though dealt with leave the same 
scar — lack of love. Christ's Prescription, "repent," is the same 
now as then. Why put it off and invite the same judgment as He 
pronounced upon them? A candle gives light, but if it is removed 
there is darkness instead of light. Spiritually speaking without light 
or love we are in spiritual darkness. "God is love." "By this shall all 
men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to 
another." John 13:35. Is our light of love shining bright? 

But Paul is saying STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, DANGER as the signs 
of the old railroad crossings used to say, which meant either stop, 
look and listen or ignore the danger sign and cross at your own risk 
of being cut off from the land of the living. I well remember when I 



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was young an accident in which a car load of young people of this 
community did not heed the sign and five promising young men 
and women were suddenly hurled into eternity. Both road and 
railroad were clear for a long distance, it was day light and nothing 
apparently was to blame except failing to heed the warning on the 
cross. The same is true of us today, the Apostle Paul and all the 
writers of the Bible, family, ministers and friends are giving out the 
warning signal. But our negligence and rebellion will hurl us into 
eternal death where the soul never dies and the fire is not 
quenched if we fail to heed the warnings. 

But, praise the Lord, He does give us a way of escape. STOP, 
LOOK, LISTEN by reading God's Word and prayer and heeding 
God's commandments we may change our lives to show love, 
lowliness, meekness, humility, truthfulness, to be more thoughtful 
of others and less of self, thereby showing ourselves to be 
approved unto God in love toward others, bearing one another's 
burdens. 

If we do these things the Lord will bless us in this life and life 
eternal. The door is still open but the time is short. STOP, LOOK, 
LISTEN. Each person is accountable for his own destiny. Christ 
paid and canceled the debt for our pardon. But as Eve we are still 
creatures of choice. Will you choose to accept your ransom? 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
RD2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Joy to the World" 

Joy is a very scarce commodity today. There are many people 
who say that they are abiding in Christ and yet few show that they 
are abounding in Him. Why is joy so elusive? How, when they are 
so blessed as believers, do their souls not cry out in praise and joy? 

In Isaiah, we read, "With joy shall ye draw waters from the wells 
of salvation." Jesus prayed for His disciples, 'That they might have 
my joy fulfilled in themselves." Notice the brand name here... 
"MY!" This joy is not partial but complete and full. We must 
remember that happiness depends on happenings but the joy that 
Jesus gives is not effervescent, not a high emotion riding the crest 
of a wave. It is rather... as real at the graveside as it is at the 
fireside. It does not evaporate in the heat of adversity nor does it 
collapse in the presence of trouble. It does not panic or sour in the 
test of poverty nor does it die at the cruel hand of tragedy. 

Joy is not created by position or possessions but it is created by 
a Person... Jesus Christ. It can stand all the pressures of Satan or 



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other circumstances working against it but remember... this sun of 
the soul can definitely be eclipsed by our own disobedience. 

Joy requires at least two conditions: submission and service. "If 
ye abide" ... indicates submission... even in the times when you'd 
like to quit. 'Thy will be done" means that we can be triumphant 
over our feelings and fears. 

The more you serve, the more joy you will experience. Most 
Christians seem to get diverted from their task of service due to 
their vocations or other interests outside the Body. We must do 
whatever God commands us and be joyful in it. We must endure 
whatever God appoints, obtain whatever God promises and ulti- 
mately, we must die daily! Joy loves "enemies" and it prays without 
ceasing... giving thanks in everything. Everything! 

Joy is a defense for us. It puts us on the offensive in our 
Christian experience but is a defense against Satan's ploy to make 
us dissatisfied and unhappy in our day to day living. 

Would you have alot of joy if you just had alot of possessions? Of 
course not! Treasures in the material sense might comfort you for 
a moment but they can make you anxious and sick just as quickly. 
Investments in the worldly sense fail. Heavenly investments are 
eternal. All these earthly investments will someday be burned up 
or will decay. Heavenly investments will follow you forever. 

I have known many sharp executives who have easily been 
replaced when they didn't meet the Corporation's expectations or 
maybe they just got a little too old. A throne can topple over night. 
A president can be impeached in short order. An athlete loses his 
form and he is dropped in a matter of a week or two. Position does 
not bring joy that is long lasting. 

So, we conclude, joy is in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Bible 
says, "Who for the joy that was set before Him..." ... Jesus hung 
naked and shameful on a cruel Calvary. He heard the cry of 
blasphemy, was tested and tried, had little support from his troup 
of disciples or the Apostles, was to die framed between two law- 
breaking criminals. Yet He had JOY. Why? How? Very simply, 
Jesus had never deviated from doing His Father's will. When we 
are in the will of God, we will have joy. 

His ministry had brought salvation and liberation to many 
people. Has yours? This allowed Jesus to experience joy on the 
cross. 

He communicated everything the Father had asked him to speak, 
whether criticized or not. This brought joy. 

He was totally in the will of God. He would be liberated by the 
cross. His battle with Satan would be over in glorious triumph. He 
overcame ... and He had joy. And at the same time, He gave us 
reason to have joy. He gave us love, peace and the power for 



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evangelism. 
Joy... claim it. Thank Jesus for it. 



Brother Len Wertz 



1988 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from September 1, 1988 Issue 

Monday P.M. 

Bro. Scott Bross opened. Genesis 26:17-26. Each one of us is 
faced with temptation. We dare not forget where the wells of 
salvation are. We should dig the wells as Isaac and find inter- 
spiritual salvation. Wells fill up with sin in our life. We must hold 
fast to Christ and His commandments. 

Bro. Wilbur Uplinger. Revelation 20:1-9. Characteristics of the 
Millennial Reign. Many questions may be asked about the Millen- 
nial Reign. We have both positive and negative thinking what will 
take place at that time. There will come a time when the righteous 
people will look forward to being in that great reign. The people 
need to accept Christ and live faithful to His teachings before they 
can be accepted in the great Millennial Reign. 

Bro. Michael Wray. II Timothy 4:1-8. Final Exhortations. The 
Apostle Paul warned they will not listen to sound doctrine. This 
pertains to our time which we are living. We must preach and teach 
the Word of God to the people in the world. The Apostle Paul was 
ready to die for the cause of Christ in Jerusalem. The Apostle Paul 
said he had long suffering and patience for the will of Christ. 
Leadership in the body of Christ is long suffering in doctrine. 
Doctrine means teaching. We must not fail to teach the Bible. The 
Apostle Paul says make full proof of the ministry. Jesus said those 
who backslide or puts his hands on the plow and looks back is not 
fit for the Kingdom of Heaven. The Apostle Paul realized his time 
was getting close. He said his departure is at hand. He loved the 
appearing of Christ. He was ready to go and be with Christ but he 
realized Timothy needed him. Why did he say these things? He 
had a great love for Christ. The Apostle Paul said, "I have fought a 
good fight, I have finished my course." The Apostle Paul was not 
saying here he was done working for God. He was no different 
than you or me. He kept the faith. Keeping the faith belongs to 
leadership. If we do not keep the faith in Christ, Satan will enter 
into our hearts. 

Bro. Ronald Marks closed. How long will our committment take 
us in life? No one knows when our end will come. What is our 
greatest desire? Would it be the desire of Jesus Christ? 



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Monday Evening 

Elder Charles Leatherman opened. I Samuel 12:14-16, 20-25. 
Samuel tells us to fear the Lord and serve Him. 

Elder Warren Smith. Hebrews 2:1-18. What is Man? God put 
Adam and Eve in the beautiful garden which was the Garden of 
Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God took them 
out. Man's punishment was, he was must work by the sweat of his 
brow. There will be many thistles to fight. Adam and Eve sinned 
against God. People today are no different than Adam and Eve. 
They still sin against God. God has that love for you and me. He 
wants our full service. He gave His only begotten Son that we 
might live. We make up mankind, God is not willing that any 
should perish. We need to worship Him in Spirit and truth. What is 
man? Does he return that love as the Father in Heaven does us. 
God has that all seeing eye. He sees everything we do. What is 
time? Time is given to us by God to live a life for Him. God can 
change all things. We can find pleasure in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
This pleasure is far greater than worldly pleasures. Christ tells man 
"I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." 

Elder James Kegerreis. Ephesians 6:12. Spiritual Warfare. 
Humanism in this day and age is going on in the cloke of religion. 
John the Baptist preached, "Repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at 
hand." Jesus said, "Come unto me." Unless we are baptized in the 
church of the living God we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 
There is work to be done. There are souls to garner in. Satan is the 
father of lies. Jesus said, "When I come again will I find faith on the 
earth?" There is virtue in wearing the prayer veil. Abraham was a 
great man of God. He had lots of faith in God. Satan is out to 
deceive us all. There is only one way we can approach God. We 
can approach God through Christ Jesus. May God help us to stick 
to the good fight of faith. 

Elder Carl Broadwater closed. Do we see Jesus tonight? Let us 
keep our faith in Christ. 
Tuesday A.M. 

Bro. Michael Wray opened. Psalms 73. All the inventions in this 
world can be used for good or evil. There will be probfem of 
^Mmg away in this world. There are all manners of evils around us. 

Z^StZ t at G ° d t 900d t0 US " God ,00ks t0 the heart * of the 
wicked and it grieves Him to see so much sin in the world 

Bible Study: Adults - Contending for the Faith. Jude 1-25 

Children: The Lord Cometh: He is God. I Kings 18:17-40 

Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson. Hebrews 12:3. Don't Fail the Test 

There is a test every day of our lives. Are we working for Christ as 

we should? we should challenge our lives to gain victory over 



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Satan. We must focus our lives on the Lord Jesus Christ. There are 
issues in our lives that we may learn of the Holy Word and Christ. 
You can save your soul if you are still lost, and give your heart to 
God. He can bring you salvation. The Apostle Paul said, "I can do 
all things with the strength given me by Christ." If we allow the 
Spirit of the Lord to work in our lives something can happen. Are 
we being victorious in rearing our children? We have to change 
our lives and not make the same mistake again. Are you looking for 
what God has to show you? We can make our hearts clean from sin 
with the help of Christ. 

Bro. David Aungst closed. We are to be contending in the faith. 
Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth. In the end we want to be 
victorious. Without Christ we will fail the test. Young people let's 
stay away from sin. Let's not fail the test. 

Tuesday P.M. 

Missionary Program. Bro. Dean Shaffer. Torreon Navajo Mission. 
We hear about reaching out in the world and helping out in the 
mission field. Communists are greatly devoted to their way of life. 
Are we really devoted to Christ as Christians? Just because we are 
devoted Christians we can't expect all the people in the world to 
love Christ and know Him without missionary help. Some Navajo 
young boys saw how lacking their hearts were. They were drug 
addicts and alcoholics. They learned to know the Lord and were 
willing to follow Him and cast their sins out of their lives. Do you 
really know Christ? Is the presence of the Lord with you when you 
pray? 

Bro. James Meyers closed. Emotions rarely accomplish lasting 
things. We need compassion in the missionary field. Jesus said, "If 
ye love me ye will keep my commandments." 
Tuesday Evening 

Elder John Peffer opened. John 8:1-11. Jesus is still writing His 
commandments with His finger to the people as He did in the sand. 
He told the woman to go and sin no more after He wrote in the 
sand. 

Elder Jacob Ness. Joel 3:14. Valley of Decision. The great 
commission is to go and teach all nations. The Apostle Paul 
started out from Antioch, Greece for his first missionary journey. 
They went on to Bathsaida. They started some churches along the 
way. He went back home awhile and then started back on his 
second missionary journey. He took Timothy with him this time. 
The Apostle Paul saw there was work to be done in Macedonia. He 
later went on to Phillippi. The Apostle Paul baptized Lydia into the 
new church in Phillippi. The Apostle Paul and Silas were put into 
prison at this time. After they were released from prison they went 



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to Berea. They were not accepted at Berea. They went back to 
Athens, Greece to preach the gospel of Christ. Here at Athens, 
Greece the Apostle Paul preached a wonderful sermon against 
worshipping idols. Later the Apostle Paul went to Corinth. After 
being there awhile he headed back towards Rome. He was happy. 
He said he finished his course. Recompence is coming. What you 
sow you will also reap. Joel the prophet warned the people, God is 
a God of mercy, and God is also a God of judgment. The world is 
so full of everything else they have no room for God. Are there any 
decisions for us to make? The Spirit of the Lord said, "Come and 
follow me." 

Elder Joseph Flora closed. Matthew 18. When Jesus looked out 
over the world when He was here, he thought of them as so many 
sheep without a shepherd. Everyone in the world who hasn't 
accepted Christ as their Savior is a lost sheep. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 15, 1928 

THE INFALLIBLE GUIDE 

Grant Mahan 

Just a short time before Jesus left the world he told his followers 
that he would send them the Comforter; and the Comforter would 
bring to their remembrance all the things which they had heard of 
their Master; he was also to lead them into all truth, to teach them 
all things, and to abide with them forever. It was a wonderful 
promise, wonderfully fulfilled, to the comfort of the apostles and 
the conversion of those who knew not Christ. 

We hear of infallibility and we read much about it; but the kind we 
hear of and read about is very different from that of the Holy Ghost. 
He never taught, and never will teach, believers in Christ anything 
that pertains to their life and conduct in this world. 

It is presumptuous for any man to say that he is infallible in any 
respect; no man has yet lived a perfect life, and there is no reason 
to think that any mere man ever will. And it hardly becomes the 
imperfect man, liable to sin as he is, to set himself up as an infallible 
guide. And yet we are so much inclined to think that our way is 
right and that any way different from ours is wrong. 

If we walked closer to the Lord, if we depended utterly on the 
guidance of the Holy Ghost, would we not be less eager to have our 
views prevail? Doing the will of God from the heart is all that we 
need to commend us to man or to God. And to do his will is better 



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than talking about it. We may not be quite as nearly perfect in 
God's sight as we are in our own; and just here we must bear in 
mind that it is not "he that commendeth himself" who is approved, 
but whom the Lord commendeth. 

We need to bear in mind that after we have done all we can in the 
Lord's field, we are still unprofitable servants. There is no such 
thing as works of supererogation. If the righteous scarcely be 
saved, where shall the ungodly appear? We shall fare better and 
have brighter prospects if we keep striving each day to do better 
than we did the day before. It is only thus that we go on to 
perfection; and the command is to be perfect. 

Many years ago I had a lesson given me along this line. I was in 
school, a young man who studied and stood well. At the end of a 
term I told a professor that I thought he should have given me 
higher marks. He said he had given me all I deserved; and then 
added that he had something to say to me. Liberty being given, he 
told me that he wanted me to do better work. I asked him whether 
my work was not good. He said it was. "But", said he, "you can do 
better." And that stopped me short, for I knew I could have done 
better. I had been content to stand at or near the head of the class. 
Why should I do more? 

But here was a new way of looking at it — I needed censure 
because I had not been doing as well as I could. Many a time since 
then have I been thankful that I had a teacher with the courage to 
tell me that I had not been doing as much or as well as I should. 
This way is new to many of us in the divine life. Paul says: "We dare 
not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with 
some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves 
by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are 
not wise." Just here is a great danger; we pat ourselves on the back 
because we have done so well in Christian living, while at the same 
time we may have let numberless opportunities for doing more and 
better work for the Master go by unimproved. 

We are by no means perfect; we should do all the good we have 
been doing, and we should not have left undone so many things 
that we might have done. We fail to look at the model set before us; 
we forget whose steps it is in which we are to tread; we are so vain 
as to measure ourselves by some of the weak ones who are striving 
to enter in, and then we feel proud because we have done more 
than they. But if they had had our ability and opportunity and we 
their inability and lack of opportunity, I wonder whether they would 
not have done more than we have, and we less than they have? We 
are not wise when we measure ourselves among ourselves, and 
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We must quote again from Paul. He says in Ephesians: "And he 
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists- 
and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints for 
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ' till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of 
the fulness of Christ." There is the measure, "the fulness of Christ " 
We are wise when we measure ourselves with him and compare 
ourselves with him, for such a comparison must show us how far 
short we come of measuring up to him. 

The Holy Spirit is the infallible guide, and the Lord Jesus Christ 
is the perfect pattern. If we faithfully follow the guidance of the one 
and the footsteps of the other, we shall not fail to arrive in due time 
at the desired heaven. These are the only infallible guides we have 
and if we are deceived by following any other guide, we have only 
ourselves to blame. The Holy Ghost never guided a single soul 
away from the teaching of Christ. If we are asked to follow any 
other teaching, we must not consent, for it will lead us away from 
God. 

We all want to be right, and go right, and do right, and at last 
reach the right harbor. And there is no good reason why we should 
not. We have the Word of God to guide us, and we have the 
promise of his Son that he will be with his faithful ones alway even 
unto the end of the world; and we need nothing more. Thank God 
that we have them. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Cleansing Blood 
J. H. Moore 

There is no such a thing as sanctification without the blood of 
Christ, for in Heb. 13:12 we read: "Wherefore Jesus also that he 
might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the 
gate." It will thus be seen that the blood of Christ, shed for the 
remission of sins, plays its part in the process of sanctification 
Furthermore, it is declared that we are "justified by (or in) his 
blood" (Rom. 5:9). Speaking of Christ, Paul in Eph. 1:7 says- "In 
whom we have redemption through his blood." John declares 
(I John 1:7), "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from 
all sin," "and", says the writer of Hebrews (9:22, RV), "apart from 
shedding of blood there is no remission." 

This makes Christ, as I John 2:2 puts it, "the propitiation for our 
sins: and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world " 
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reiterated: "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved 
us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins." Or, in other 
words, Christ was offered for our sins, paying the price of our 
redemption, thus bringing about the reconciliation between man 
and God, by having us, when still "enemies, reconciled to God." 
This is affirmed to have been done in the death of his Son. (Rom. 
5:10.) 

This is what we understand by the doctrine of the atonement, — 
the bringing of man back to God, — brought about through Christ, 
the Propitiation for our sins, who shed his blood for the sins of the 
whole world, and in whose blood there is remission of sins. And so 
it follows, as stated by Peter, "that ye were not redeemed with 
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation 
received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood 
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (I Peter 
1:18-19.) Hence man's redemption must be ascribed to the blood 
of Christ, shed for the remission of sins. Here is the efficacy, and it 
is in obedience to his command in baptism that we, in a figure, 
come in contact with the blood that cleanseth us from all sins. It is 
by his atoning blood that we are cleansed, through faith and 
obedience to his Word. 



NEWS ITEMS 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 



The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to a two week 
revival with Elder Robert Carpenter, starting on September 25 
through October 9, closing with a Harvest Meeting. We welcome 
all who can to come and worship with us. Sunday A.M. - 9:30; 
Sunday Evening - 7:00; week nights - 7:45. 

Sister Dianne Heisey 



LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation is looking forward to having Brother 
Gordon Jamison from Quinter, Kansas to be our evangelist. Revival 
starting October 9 and ending with Lovefeast, October 16. 

Time is running out. Souls are being lost everyday. How much 
do we care? May we all support Brother Gordon in prayer and by 
being there if possible. Everyone is invited to come and worship 
with us. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSOMS FOR 
OCTOBER 1988 

October 2 - The Butler and the Baker Dream - Genesis 40:1-23. 

1. After being mistreated, did Joseph resort to self pity? verse 
4-6. 

2. Did Joseph forget God in prison? verse 8. 

October 9 - Pharaoh's Dream; Joseph, Ruler of Egypt - Genesis 
41:1-45. 

1. How long was Joseph forgotten by the butler? verse 1. 

2. Notice Joseph's attitude (v. 16) and God's response of 
blessing, (v. 39-44) Luke 14:11. 

October 16 - The Famine; Joseph's Brethren - Genesis 41:46-57" 
42:1-20. 

1. What were the meanings of Joseph's son's names? verse 
51-52. 

2. Why did Joseph treat his brethren as he did? 

October 23 - Joseph Tests His Brethren - Genesis 42-21-28- 
43:1-34. 

1. Notice the effect of guilt in time of trial, verse 21-22. 

2. Was Benjamin a favored son? 

October 30 - Benjamin's Sack - Genesis 44:1-34. 

1 . Why did Joseph test his brothers' attitude toward Benjamin? 

2. Had the brothers changed since selling Joseph? 
YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR OCTOBER 1988 
October 2 - Obedience - Deut. 26:16-18, Jos. 1:8-9, Matt 721-23 
James 1:21-25. 

1. Is hearing and knowing the Word enough? James 1:22, 4:17. 

2. What is obedience a test of? John 14:15, 21. 

October 9 - Prudence - Pr. 12:20-25, Pr. 13:13-16, Pr. 22:1-4, Luke 
i ^.:^9-gq. 

1. What is Prudence? Pr. 14:15. 

2. What will a prudent man do? Pro. 14:15. 

October 16 - Knowledge - Gen. 3:5-6, Ps. 2:3-5, John 7:16-17, John 
8:31-32, II Tim. 3:7, II Pet. 3:17-18. 

1. Is all knowledge profitable? Prov. 19:27. 

2. What does the word "simple" mean in Romans 16:19? 
October 23 - Cornelius - Acts 10:1-48. 

1 . What type of man was Cornelius? 

2. What lesson did God teach Peter? verse 34-35. 
October 30 - Pentecost - Acts 2:1-47. 

1. What all does Pentecost refer to? 

2. Is the power shown at Pentecost still available today? 



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VOL. LXVI 



OCTOBER 1, 1988 



NO. 19 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART 

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, 
A light to my path alway, 
To guide and to save me from sin, 
And show me the heav'nly way. 

Forever, O Lord, is Thy Word 
Established and fixed on high; 
Thy faithfulness unto all men 
Abideth forever nigh. 

At morning, at noon, and at night 
I ever will give Thee praise; 
For Thou art my portion, O Lord, 
And shall be thro' all my days! 

Thro' Him whom Thy Word hath foretold, 
Thy Savior and Morning Star, 
Salvation and peace have been bro't 
To those who have strayed afar. 






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REFLECTIONS 

When looking at a still body of water a mirror image of the 
surrounding scenery can be seen in the water. The clarity of that 
reflection is dependent upon the light available and the stillness of 
the pool. The picture of this reflection can be very beautiful and 
causes the eye to see the scenery better than when looking directly 
at it. 

If a pebble is thrown into the pool of water the reflection is 
distorted until the water is stilled. As the water moves the shapes 
are bent out of proportion. The scenery has not moved although it 
looks like it. When water is rushing madly from one place to 
another, there are no reflections only turbulence. Turbulence and 
reflection do not occur together. 

The reflections on the water can teach us a lesson concerning 
our thoughts, especially on the serious concerns of life. We live in 
a fast-paced world. There is alot going on around us. Often we are 
caught up in this rushing world. Since we no longer live in a 
slower-paced rural society we also try to live on the fast track. 
There are so many activities we can hardly keep up with every- 
thing. There is more to do than we can hope to accomplish within 
the time allotted to us. 

If the important things of life were not enough to keep us moving, 
we are also subject to the claims upon our time presented by 
various amusements. Whether sports or hobbies or other interests 
they also take time and may leave us exhausted. Not only do some 
amusements keep us from the regular appointments of the Lord's 
House but they may exhaust us so we do not make the effort 
needed to get to Church or if at Church we are not able to 

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concentrate on the services. 

Amusements are entertainment or recreation. Recreation is 
designed to decrease the stress we accumulate in our daily 
activities but often contrawise there is an increase in stress due to 
concern over the outcome of certain events. Amusements are 
designed to keep us from thinking or musing on subjects needing 
our greatest attention. 

The regular activities of life as well as the recreational activities 
may combine to deny us an opportunity to reflect upon the 
subjects needing our greatest concern. Our lives are often such a 
hub-bub that they resemble a raging river. The turbulence of the 
river prevents a reflection of the surrounding scenery and the 
turbulence of a life may prevent a time of calm reflection. 

There needs to be a concern that some pebble may be thrown 
into our reflective pool that will distort our thinking. These pebbles 
are like prejudices, or misunderstandings that color our judgment. 
These distortions may cause us to reach wrong conclusions. It 
may be from an improper understanding of the Bible or some other 
major component in our lives that causes our thinking to go astray. 

Reflection in the stillness, not only of our physical lives but of our 
Spiritual lives as well, will produce clear meditation on the affairs of 
our lives. If all is still and expectant, we can clearly see our lives. 
When we can see our lives clearly, we can make proper decisions. 
Then we can choose the course that we should take, whether it is a 
major or a minor event in our lives. 

When our lives are turbulent we cannot clearly meditate nor 
reach proper decisions. When our view of our lives is distorted by 
prejudice or otherwise our choice may not be the best. It is only in 
calmness and quietness that the right choice can be reached. 

The reflection on the water is dependent on the light. Reflections 
upon our lives will not be true if there is no light. The light that is 
needed is the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. All our reflections 
will be distorted if Jesus is left out of our lives and decisions. We 
cannot properly discern where we stand or what we need to do, if 
we do not consider how Jesus would approach the decision to be 
made. How He would respond is in the Bible. There is no variance 
between what He would do and what is given in the New Test- 
ament. Neither would Jesus do differently than what the Word 
reveals, nor would the Holy Spirit lead us to do contrary to that 
Word. 

Satan does not want us to reflect upon our lives. He does not 
want us to suspend our activities long enough to meditate on what 
we should be doing. He wants us to be in darkness and turbulence. 
When in those conditions, we cannot properly reflect. Without 
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Despite the hustle and bustle of modern life, we need to reflect 
on our lives. We need to make the right decisions. We need the 
light of Jesus' example and the Word of God. Then we can reflect 
on the past and present so we can choose aright for the future. 

What reflections do you see in your life? Is it calm and quiet or 
turbulent and dark? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUMG PEOPLE 

HOW LONG? 

How long is God going to wink at the unbelief of man? We are 
living in the age of the church. Many people go to church every 
Sunday and yet they don't believe the basic doctrines of the New 
Testament. In a survey taken some month back, "Christians" were 
asked some basic questions on their beliefs. (1) Was Jesus born of 
a virgin? Sixty percent of the Methodists said "no", forty-nine 
percent of the Presbyterians said "no" and forty-four percent of the 
Lutherans said "no". (2) Is Jesus the Son of God? Eighty-nine 
percent of the Episcopals say "no". (3) Does Satan really exist? 
Thirty-three percent of Baptists say "no". (4) Was there a real 
physical resurrection of Jesus? Fifty-one percent of the Methodists 
said "no" while thirty-three of the Baptists said "no". Certainly the 
Spirit must be grieved and the Lord wounded afresh with this sad 
commentary on the Christians of our age. How long? How long 
will the Lord allow this kind of unbelief to exist in so called 
Christendom? "Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some 
have not the knowledge of God: I spake this to your shame." (I Cor. 
15:34) 

And, in the face of all of this, we are encouraged to just enjoy 
ourselves as Christians. Enjoy ourselves... while pain lurks behind 
so many faces and murder smolders in the hearts of men as they sit 
behind buttons and levers that can annihilate millions. Enjoy 
ourselves... while the ghettos are filled with misery and junkies 
walk the streets selling their souls for another fix of drugs, trying to 
relieve their emotional pain. Enjoy ourselves... while greedy men 
are consuming and destroying natural resources to satisfy their 
lusts for wealth at the expense of humanity. What kind of contri- 
bution are we making to this planet of spiritually and physically 
dying people? What will our generation leave the world in the 
battle for righteousness and the cause of Christ? Will we, too, 
succumb to the broken values of our greedy world? Selfishness 
breeds selfishness from one generation to the next. How long will 
we sell out for personal gain and pleasure? 

Our stay on earth is temporary. Every breath that we take is a gift 
from God. Can we afford to sleep while we are needed in the 



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harvest field so badly? Christ lives... and because He lives, we can 
have hope that the flower of love and peace in men's hearts can still 
bloom even amidst the stagnation of this generation. Listen to the 
sobs and gasps coming from a dying world. Listen to their 
despair... they cry out from the snares of the vines of deception and 
those with the truth are the only ones who can help them. 

How can we just enjoy ourselves? Our pleasures will fade into 
yesterdays if we do not believe fully in the Word and the doctrines 
contained in it. It is time for seriousness in life and that doesn't just 
start after age sixty! The world is a pigpen and it is too easy to just 
let the Church be a playpen. We can't allow the church to become 
"wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked." We 
can't neglect walking in the light of the Lord NOW. 

In another survey from PULPIT HELPS, some well-known 
theological colleges in the United States were quizzed and ninety- 
three percent of the students studying for the ministry stated: "J 
have no devotional life." Can you imagine it? How can a man 
speak for God if he does not walk and talk with God? How long will 
we live without faith and fervor for the battle of the Lord? We need 
to wrestle in prayer with tears and supplications. It is said that 
David Livingstone would come from his closet with his face swollen 
from weeping and praying. Would that we could have that kind of 
concern and dedication in the 1980's. If we don't have it, no one 
will. And if no one will... "hath the salt lost its savour?" 

It is time to leave the prayer breakfasts and get on the battlefield 
instead of going away just "feeling good." We have had inactive 
hands long enough and now is the time to fight. Let your hands 
cling to the sword of the Spirit as you battle against the princi- 
palities and powers around us. You have the inerrant and infallible 
word of God to use and it is indestructible. It took ten horrible 
plagues to shake Pharaoh from his evil grip of Israel. What will it 
take to shake us from complacency and spiritual sleep? How long 
will he suffer us? 

Time is running out. God said He will yet shake the heavens and 
the earth. And even though the web of iniquity is filling rapidly, we 
can yet be blessed. 

Paul's words come ringing through the ages. When all hope of 
survival was gone and the ship seemed lost... he stepped into the 
tearful mob and said, "Peace and safety if ye abide in the ship." Get 
down on your knees, let your prayer go up through the skies and 
then get out to the world. You have the divine equipment to storm 
your community with the cry of deliverance. Jesus is coming for 
His Bride. How long will He delay? For you the race need not seem 
too swift nor the battle too strong. He will increase your strength 



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as you need it. 

Lord, we need your blessing 
Give us hearts that care. 
Great is the need of our people 
Help us this burden to bear. 

Look at our great desperation, 
Hold back your judgment, we pray. 
Quicken our love and our witness 
How long, till you take us away? 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 1, 1928 

THE FUTILE SEARCH 

Ord L. Strayer 

We have recently been reading much on the origin and nature of 
man from the so-called scientific view point. Reports come thick 
and fast from expeditions now on the field, of supposed marvelous 
finds of fossilized remains from the deep recesses of the Gobi 
Desert in the Orient, where, say scientists, human life on this earth 
had its beginning. We learn of "unassailable evidence" pointing to 
the fact that men lived on the earth several million years ago. 
Several unrelated and widely scattered bone fragments have been 
made the basis of a model of prehistoric man. This model, a base 
fraud in its inception, has been accepted as authentic by men of 
learning in a number of places over our fair land; men whose 
opinions are respected and are otherwise hard to circumvent. 

This search for evidence of man's animal origin was started 
without malicious intent by Charles Darwin, a scientist of the 
nineteenth century. It is said by those who knew him that his 
hypothesis was approached with an open mind and a desire only 
for the outcome of honest investigation. It is not to be supposed 
that he had any intention of stirring up such a mad chase to prove 
his theories. He himself made very exhaustive studies in his line of 
work, noting his failures and successes with equal care, and 
summing up his whole research into the origin of man admitted his 
failure to prove his theories and expressed the doubt that they ever 
would be fully proven. 

Upon Darwin's death, however, the hue and cry was taken up by 
scientists everywhere and gathered impetus as time went on. 
Expeditions were sent to unexplored jungles to capture monkeys 
of every size and shape for comparison with man. Men spent years 



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in cages, trying to learn to converse with monkeys. Some bright 
intellect conceived the idea that man had a backbone greatly 
resembling that of a fish that he must look to the fish and not to the 
monkey for his primal ancestry. Another takes us back to the green 
slime that gathers on the surface of stagnant pools, and says "this 
is the beginning of all life, to this must man look for his origin." 

We venture the assertion that not one of these so-called men of 
science who is so earnestly pressing the work of investigation into 
the origin of man is honest with himself or with the public in the 
work he has set for himself. It is our honest opinion that if ever 
there is a time when scientists think they could actually trace their 
ancestors back to ape, baboon or gorilla, from that time interest in 
the origin of man will wane and investigations will cease forthwith. 
In the meantime our investigators are safe in their positions and 
need have no worries as to their bread and butter so long as dupes 
may be found more richly endowed with money than brains to 
supply the funds. 

The question arises as to why this interest in our theoretical 
monkey ancestors. To prove the various theories would add 
nothing to the world's store of useful knowledge. We know already 
what may be done in race development and improvement by 
parental selection. We cannot think that these men of science who 
are also high in the "social register" desire to associate with their 
newly identified relatives found thru the evolution theory. It would 
prove decidedly awkward, and fatal to their social status to 
acknowledge such uncouth and uncultured companions. We are 
forced to the conclusion that these men seek to disprove the 
generally accepted story of creation given by Divine inspiration. 
Great publicity will go to the man who first succeeds in the glorious 
undertaking. Many lecture contracts and published interviews at 
fat fees will also be forced upon him — temporarily. Financial 
independence will come quickly to the discoverer of these evi- 
dences. It is this hope and the mystery of attempting the impossible 
which keeps men following that elusive will-o-the-wisp, the hypo- 
thetic missing link. 

All this investigation is being carried out without regard to the 
feelings of either side of the controversy. Granting that men would 
welcome with open arms the thought that they could claim such 
relatives, could our scientific benefactors guaranty that those 
relatives would feel complimented over their newly found con- 
nection. We can think of a number of individual instances, 
generally accepted as human, comparison to whom would make 
any self respecting baboon hide his head under the nearest bunch 
of bananas. A very incomplete catalog would contain the fol- 
lowing: 



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1. The professional pugilist, shifty of eye and foot, bruised and 
distorted of features, teeth missing, ears and nose scarce worthy of 
the name. He specializes in cruelty and bloody viciousness. He 
hammers down by brute force, or is crushed by the opposing force. 
He is one of a very few remaining relics of the stone age and his 
labors give men and women opportunities to exercise their 
elemental blood thirstiness vicariously; with burning shame we 
admit it. 

2. The criminally inclined, robbing or murdering at will, pro- 
tecting his fellows and being protected in turn in his crime. He 
resists desperately any attempt to curtail his activities. Drink, 
gambling and prostitution are his stock in trade, blackmail, 
seduction and arson, bribery and intimidation his tools. He 
hesitates at nothing, has no honor, respects no one, human or 
divine. Human rights and liberties are but pawns which he uses to 
gain his ends. 

Time would fail us to describe fully bootleggers, rum runners, 
confidence men and others inclined to lawlessness, which with the 
above examples furnish a wealth of material for study by the 
naturalist and may be found by thousands of miles nearer his 
doorstep than the famed Gobi Desert, reputed progenitor of 
humanity. Surely among this rich material for study could be 
found at least one specimen who could be panned off on an 
expectant and gullible public as a "missing link." 

The theories of evolution now extant, looking toward a single 
creative act will never be proved satisfactorily because the premise 
is untenable. God created man in his own image and breathed into 
his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. More 
and more people are coming to believe this because of its funda- 
mental truth and also because of repeated failure of efforts to 
disprove it. The sooner the futile character of this search is 
recognized and minds now engaged in it throwed to useful 
channels, the sooner this great land of ours shall come to the 
knowledge of God's power and love, turn from its evil ways and 
seek the old paths wherein our sacred fathers walked. 



THREE THINGS THAT ARE BETTER 

BETTER is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and 

trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:16. 
It is BETTER to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 

Psalms 118:8. 
To obey is BETTER than sacrifice. I Samuel 15:22. 



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SATAN 

What a subject! Who is he? What does he do? How does he do 
it? Is he a split-tongued, horned, long tailed horror figure with a 
pitchfork in his hand? No, not at all, at least not yet. 

He was created by God, an archangel of high standing in the 
heavenlies, perhaps the most beautiful of his angelic creations, the 
anointed cherub that covereth, and wiser than Daniel. He was even 
created a musical creature so when he moved about music was 
given out from the pipes within his being. His jeweled garments 
gave off a radiant glitter. He gloated in the fact that he was so 
beautiful until the day he became so lifted up in pride even against 
his Creator until God could no longer tolerate his presence and 
threw out he and his proud followers (one third of the created 
angels) into the earth. So bright was his fall that Christ said "I saw 
Lucifer" (which was the name God had given him) "fall as lightning 
to the earth." Luke 10:18. 

His ambition to overthrow God had been brought to naught and 
he found himself on earth where he was determined to still put his 
diabolical plan into operation by overcoming and destroying God's 
New Creation upon earth. God meant for man to be a creature of 
choice. So Satan became the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4); the 
prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2); the devil and his angels 
(Matt. 25:41). He has various names Lucifer, Satan, devil, the old 
serpent, false accuser, liar, adversary, devouring lion and perhaps 
more. 

The devil, the fallen angels and his slaves or demons are spirit 
beings seldom visible to the human eye, but very plentiful in 
numbers and are swift and diligent workers. They may inhabit 
human or animals, people being their preference as they can do 
more harm through them and are most difficult to deal with. 
Demon possessed people are sometimes insane and have to be 
restrained. In human bodies they use the body to do what they, the 
devils will — the person seemingly has no power over his own 
faculties. 

More frequently we are influenced by demons assigned to us by 
the higher satanic kingdoms to travel with us to influence our 
minds. First they may suggest looking at something sinful, then 
whisper "that's pretty nice, good or satisfying, then whispers 
"nobody will know" or maybe "you can afford it" and so forth until 
you have done something to be sorry for later. The guardian 
angels also are our constant companions. They, too, whisper "that 
is wrong", "you should not do it", and so forth. So we are creatures 
of choice as God intended we should be. 

In order to choose rightly we must know God's Word. The more 



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we study it the more likely we are to choose according to His will 
and have the blessing the Lord will bestow upon us. 

Remember Solomon as a young king choose wisdom ratherthan 
riches and because of his wise choice the Lord threw in all the 
other blessings, riches, long life and peace in his kingdom as long 
as he lived. Our blessing may not be as great but it will still be 
great. Things are not always the way they look and we are often led 
by sight instead of the Lord then we run into numerous obstacles in 
the future because we did not obey the small sweet voice of the 
Spirit. 

The devil is a liar — Mother Eve was his first target, a good 
example of his lies down through the ages. He usually mixes a little 
truth in with his lies to deceive the listener. So he intimated that the 
fruit was good — no doubt it was good to the taste of the carnal 
nature. He told her they "would not surely die." They did live long 
lives, several hundred years, but God's Word was true they did die 
and that sin brought death to all the earth ever since. He told them 
that they would become as gods knowing good and evil. Up until 
then they had no need to know good or evil, but to obey only one 
command. How easy compared to sorting the good from evil now. 

Satan's domain is well organized, his helpers are in orders, each 
order is given a certain function with a specified individual. If they 
come short of their assignment they are punished. All devils are 
liars, but otherwise they can do only what they are appointed 
according to the permission of God. Remember the story of Job, 
also of Ahab and the prophets of Baal. They are an organized 
working group of destroyers without love, even among themselves 
there is no feeling but constant hatred for one another, for their 
Creator, God's people and everything good. They never sleep, but 
they can trouble us and keep us from sleeping. 

There are many ways they can influence us: through our enemies 
who oppose us and do and say mean things about us that try our 
spirit to the utmost. How do we react? How do we stand the test? 
Is it in the Spirit of Christ? Or do we react in the same manner as 
they act? 

One of the most prevalent ways Satan can get at us is through 
our friends who induce us to do evil things the Bible says we 
should not do, and not to do that which the Bible says we should 
do. It is better not to have friends than to have friends who 
influence us to do evil. 

The three testings Christ withstood in the wilderness were "the 
lust of the flesh", "the lust of the eye", and "the pride of life." The 
carnal man lusts after many things: money, pleasures, sex, food, 
alcohol, drugs and so forth. Pride, appearance, riches, car, home 
or many things. In whatever way God blesses us we should use it 



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to His honor and glory, be thankful and use it to draw souls into His 
Kingdom. Pride of life, to serve Christ we should never be over 
desirous to gain the things of this world. Remember we are only 
pilgrims here, only passing through. Our lives are short at the 
longest and all the earthly things must be left here to perish. Often 
inheritances break families apart and causes frictions that are 
never repaired. 

The devil is a cunning deceiver. When the apostles asked Christ 
"What was the sign of His coming?" His first answer was "Let no 
man deceive you." I believe we are faced now by the greatest 
number of every deception that the devil hordes can possibly think 
up — the cults, the occult, the new agers who are alert by the 
millions around the world promoting thousands of organizations, 
peace and aid programs that seem to be for the betterment of 
mankind, but it is only a mask to hide their true identity and cover 
Satan's lies. The "peace and safety" the Bible speaks about is in 
the making to be followed by "the sudden destruction." While the 
United States and Russia make love talks, and the news media have 
their hey day about it, it is only a relaxing period for the ungodly 
masses, while it is a danger signal to the children of God. Religious 
bodies that once had some Gospel footing are being swept along 
with the tide and are now promising adulterers, homos, idolators 
and so forth, salvation if they say they believe in Jesus Christ and 
have their names entered on the church register. The Bible says 
these people cannot inhabit Heaven. Neither devil nor man can 
change God's Word, God's promises are true and sure also God's 
judgments are true and sure. God cannot lie. Every human being, 
Satan, fallen angels and demons will come under the judgment of 
God and be punished according to His Word, in the lake of fire and 
brimstone. 

A common saying today when confronted about certain sins is 
"oh, everybody does it." Those remarks will have no respect on 
judgment day. The person who utters such comments and the 
people who have followed them will hear the same answer, "depart 
from me ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you." The Ante- 
deluvian shrugged off Noah's message too, but it didn't stop the 
rain. 

There will be a religious group of people there who will say we 
have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and done many wonderful 
works who will get the same answer, "Depart from me, I never knew 
you." We are living in an age, that the importance of trying the 
spirits, whetherthey be of God, cannot be overemphasized. Learn 
to know what the Bible says then listen to the still small voice, then 
if the two witnesses agree we have the green light signal to go 
ahead. Many things look good to carnal man, but, like Eve's fruit, 



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the partaking thereof are the ways of death. The penalty may not 
immediately follow — Adam and Eve lived hundreds of years 
before death overtook them, King Saul reigned forty years more 
before his reign ended and death overtook him. 

WAKE UP! Time is almost run out. Eternity never ends. Seek 
the Lord while He can still be found. Pray and fast fervently! 
Remember the Ninevites prayed and fasted in sackcloth and ashes 
three days and the great nation of Assyria was spared (according 
to history) for more than one hundred years. 

Great and terrible suffering is looming on the horizon world 
wide. Only those who are hid away in Christ are safe. May we all 
strive for the pearl of great price by selling all our carnal treasures 
and cashing in with Christ. Lord help us! 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
RD 2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Going On to Perfection 
J. H. Moore 

What we have said so far relates to the beginning of the 
Christian's experience. Having been born into the family of God, 
he is now in a position to grow and develop. With him it should be a 
matter of Christian growth and usefulness in the kingdom. 

In Heb. 6:1 Paul says: "Therefore leaving the principles of the 
doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection." By "the principles 
of the doctrine" is meant the things pertaining to the beginning of 
the Christian life. The foundation of faith, repentance, baptisms, — 
in water and in the Spirit, — the laying on of hands, and even the 
resurrection and eternal judgment, having been laid in the hearts of 
the converts, it was needless to treat these points further, and for 
that reason the apostles insisted on going on to perfection, — to 
the higher and more perfect and therefore the more useful life. 

No doctrine is more clearly taught in the New Testament than the 
doctrine of Christian perfection. To his disciples, Jesus once said: 
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is 
perfect." (Matt. 5:48). The Master meant that his disciples should 
strive for perfection in all things pertaining to their spiritual life. 
That is, they were to strive to reach the highest possible order of 
spiritual attainments. Having been born anew, and having been 
made new creatures in Christ Jesus, this becomes the duty of every 
converted man and woman. 

Writing to Timothy, Paul would have it understood that one 






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purpose of the Holy Scriptures is "that the man of God may be 
perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Tim. 3:17) 
Then in Heb. 13:21, it is added: "Make you perfect in every good 
work to do his will." The idea is perfection in every good work and 
every attainment in the Christian life and experience, and the doing 
of God's will perfectly. 

James 3:2 says: "If any man offend not in word, the same is a 
perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." That is, able 
to hold the whole body in check, and direct its proper use. This is 
perfection in Christ Jesus, and is what is meant by "going on to 
perfection," or, in other words, going on to efficiency, until the 
whole body, the whole mind and the whole soul are brought under 
complete subjection, and can be placed at the disposal of the Lord 
to worship, serve and obey his will perfectly. Nothing short of this 
should satisfy the highly-developed, spiritual child of God. 

OBITUARY 

WILMA MAE BITTINGER 

Sis. Wilma Mae Bittinger was born December 17, 1910. Died July 
31 , 1988 at her home. She was a long time member of the Savage 
River Dunkard Brethren Church. She was the daughter of the late 
Salem Edgar and Stella Mae (Wilt) Rounds. 

Surviving are her husband, Lester Bittinger; one Christian 
daughter, Lizetta Rausch, Grantsville, Maryland; nine brothers, 
Bro. Albert Rounds of Bridgewater, Virginia, Orvil Rounds of 
Swanton, Maryland, Charles Rounds of Midland, Pennsylvania, 
Gerald Rounds of Keyser, West Virginia, William Edgar Rounds of 
Bloomington, Maryland, Ellis Rounds of Alliance, Ohio, Harvey 
Rounds of Kennysville, West Virginia, Harold Rounds of Tempe, 
Arizona and Paul Rounds of Frostburg, Maryland and two sisters, 
Mrs. Nellie Travis of Westernport, Maryland and Mrs. Bessie 
Kerling of Keyser, West Virginia. 

Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home in Grants- 
ville, Maryland, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. 

Services were conducted Wednesday at 2 P.M. at the Jennings 
United Methodist Church by Brother Virgil Leatherman of Littles- 
town, Pennsylvania assisted by Brother Rudy Shaffer of Lititz, 
Pennsylvania. 

The body was taken to the Church one hour prior to services. Her 
resting place is in the Bittinger Cemetery. 

We wish to thank all for their help and assistance in her illness 
and help in death of my dear wife. May God richly bless all. 

With Love 

Her husband, Lester Bittinger 
Christian daughter, Lizetta Rausch 



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THE BRIGHT GOLDEN CITY 

Jesus has builded a bright Golden City for those who love Him 
and keep His commandments and go to the River and be baptized 
there into His number and flow, vow to keep His bidding and walk 
in His commandments and live for Him here in this world of sin and 
woe. 

When life here is ended He will take them to that Bright City 
where we never grow old, to walk in those Bright Mansions and 
walk the streets of pure gold and to drink of that pure River of Life 
and sing His praises throughout Eternity and walk always in His 
presence in that Bright City where we never grow old. 

Brother Lester Bittinger 

IN MEMORY OF MY CHRISTIAN MOTHER 

She was a bright and shining light to me, like the light in a room 
when you turn it on and the darkness disappears. If you asked a 
question, why? she would answer it if she could. For I have found 
more love in her than I did in all the people around here. 

Now she has gone to the Eternal City of God there will be no 
more storms, no darkness, no clouds, no nights and no more pains, 
no more sorrow for her. This world's labors are done, Mother is 
gone to her reward in hope of the crown she has won, for Heaven's 
offer is better than all earth has to offer for her. 

For one good-by to her husband and Christian daughter and her 
brothers, sisters-in-law, sisters and loved ones. No more can we 
do, for Wilma is departed and gone to her Heavenly Home. 

In memory of my Christian Mother, Wilma Mae Bittinger. 
Love from your Christian daughter 
Lizetta Anna Rausch, better known as Liz 

NEWS ITEMS 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Welcome to the Dayton Congregation Revival Meeting from 
October 9 through 16. Lovefeast will be Saturday evening, October 
15, starting at 4:00 P.M. Bro. Eldon Mallow will bring the messages. 

We invite all who may come and enjoy the Word of God with us. 

Sister Mary Rounds, Cor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Goshen Congregation is looking forward to a ten day revival 
with Bro. Michael Wray from Modesto, California. The meetings 



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will start October 21 and end October 30. Lovefeast will be 
October 29, with services at 2:00 and 7:00. 
We invite all who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Becky Stalter, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 
We, the Englewood Congregation, are pleased to remind every 
one of our Communion service. If the Lord permits, our meeting 
will begin at 10:00 A.M. with Communion at 7:00 P M on October 
22. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all to spend Saturday and 
Sunday with us. May we count it a great blessing that we still have 
freedom to worship the Lord. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 
BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation plans to have their Love- 
feast Saturday, October 22, 1988 beginning at 2 P.M. 
We invite all who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation is planning to hold revival meetings 
October 30 through November 6, and invites all to come worship 
with us. Bro. Rudy Shaffer of Lititz, Pennsylvania will be our 
evangelist. Please pray with us that many hearts will be touched by 
the Spirit of God. (Ezekiel 36:36) 

Sister Julie Litfin, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

Greetings in Jesus' name to all the Brethren, Sisters and kind 
friends who sent me cards, letters, gifts and flowers while I was in 
the hospital. I want to say 'Thank You" to each one and may God 
bless you for your love, prayers and concern. It means so much to 
me. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Bertha R. Saylor 

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VOL. LXVI 



OCTOBER 15, 1988 



NO. 20 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LORD, IT BELONGS NOT TO MY CARE 

Lord, it belongs not to my care 
Whether I die or live; 
To love and serve Thee is my share, 
And this Thy grace must give. 

If life be long I will be glad 
That I may long obey; 
If short, yet why should I be sad 
To soar to endless day? 

Christ leads me through no darker rooms 
Than He went through before; 
He that into God's kingdom comes 
Must enter by this door. 

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet 

Thy blessed face to see; 

For, if thy work on earth be sweet, 

What will Thy glory be? 

My knowledge of that life is small; 
The eye of faith is dim; 
But 'tis enough that Christ knows all, 
And I shall be with Him. 

- Richard Baxter 



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SPECULATION 

The human mind desires everything to be known and well 
ordered. Men do not like to be surprised. Men want all the answers 
so they can feel they are in control. 

The future is an unknown subject. Men do not want the unknown 
to frustrate them, so they predict and organize it so they can 
control it. 

Men organize their business and social affairs in the present to 
control them, so they feel they must have similar control over the 
future. How much do men actually control their present affairs? 
Who can tell if they will even be present tomorrow or what the state 
of their health or finances will be by then? James warns that men 
must make their plans according to the will of God not their own 
wills. Whatever the object of their planning they can make 
elaborate and long range plans, but it is only God who can make 
them come true. The rich fool, of Jesus' parable, had plans to 
enjoy the riches of his hoarded harvest but he did not reckon with 
God who would call him from this world before he could begin to 
enjoy those plans. 

How many have we personally known who were taken from this 
life suddenly? They were unable to enjoy all their plans for the 
future. It is well said that "the old will die and the young may." No 
matter how long one lingers on this earth, even if they live over a 
century, those years are but a speck compared to eternity. Yet men 
have set about to plan the future as if they were immortal. 

Man so soon forgets his mortality. The wise man tells the youth 
to know and remember their Creator from their young years for 
soon they will be among the older generation, who will drop off, 

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even as the fragile pitcher is broken. 

The uncertainties of life ever surround mankind. Therefore they 
are ever trying to make those uncertainties into certainties. Men 
have not only tried to control their business, social and material 
future, they also have tried to secure their Spiritual future. There 
have been many means used to satisfy men's minds, but all which 
leave God's will out will prove failures. 

Men have tried to secure their future by seeking the favor of God 
through their good deeds. While God desires much good service 
from His believing children, all of men's good deeds are worthless 
if they are but the work of natural men. Men will not be admitted to 
Heaven on the basis of their good deeds outweighing their bad 
deeds. Without being converted and becoming an adopted child of 
God, all of men's deeds are of no value in securing Eternal life. 
God will not be bribed by men's supposedly good deeds. 

Men have tried to secure God's blessings by doing certain deeds 
of penance. They have lit candles, fasted, crawled on their knees 
and have done many deeds that have punished the body with the 
aim of pleasing God and securing eternal glory. 

Others have realized the necessity of becoming a child of God 
but not wanting to face an uncertain future, have invented a theory 
of eternal security. This will secure their future, eternal blessings 
without worrying about how well or ill they meet the battles that 
would come into their lives. These men have ignored or misread 
the lessons of Bible History which have shown those who were 
once close to God but who fell away and served Him no more. 

Some who have been careful about their relationship with their 
Lord have also been concerned about their future. Not wanting to 
leave anything unsecured in their future they have studied out a 
system of interpretation of the future. There are many different 
ideas but they are all alike in that each supposedly can predict the 
future events of the end times and eternity. Using various formulas 
and depending upon certain passages of Scripture they have 
developed whole systems showing just how and when every detail 
will happen. 

Their error is not in studying the Word of God to gain an under- 
standing of God's will. Their error is in not depending upon God to 
lead them into and through the future. Their certainty that 
everything will happen as they predict many times brings disrepute 
to God and the Church. Many grow disheartened if their pre- 
dictions prove wrong and end up giving up the faith because all 
was not as they thought it would be. Also, those outside the Body 
are given an opportunity to ridicule. 

There are many things that we can know of a certainty in the 
Bible. All we need to know about the Plan of Salvation and the 



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Christian life is in the Bible. To strengthen our faith, we are not told 
all we might like to know about the future. The future is for the 
faithful who will depend on God whatever may come. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Work for the Night is Coming... 

Time hastens on and the burgeoning world population is dying 
spiritually. The churches of the world are half-paralyzed. How can 
we be tearless in our personal and church prayer times any longer? 
There are more souls on this planet who are lost at this moment 
than at any time in the history of man. We have to feel a personal 
commitment to soul winning and pray that the Lord of the harvest 
will send forth laborers. We have to declare to this generation that 
there is hope... and that hope is eternal in Christ Jesus. 

Not only is the world lost... but it is disallusioned! We have a big 
crop of false religions in this country. Mormonism and Jehovah's 
Witnesses are growing and they are spreading their false teaching 
across the land. We are bombarded with cultic doctrines. Sun 
Myung Moon lives on... almost half of the Hare-Krishna group is 
composed of young intellectual Jews. Muslim mosques across the 
nation are filling up and this land is a mission field for heresy. 

Isaiah says: TRUTH IS FALLEN IN THE STREET. And we might 
add that it is fallen in the pulpits also. Preachers are preaching 
what Paul called "another gospel." Men wrestle with the Scriptures 
to their own destruction as they look for social answers in the Word 
and they cripple the faith of others while they are doing it. It would 
seem that many ministers are happy to be babysitters for believers 
who are suffering from chronic spiritual malnutrition. Ministers 
preach that people can have thousands of benefits and goodies if 
they just believe. This goes on each week and makes these people 
weak. Instead of understanding that the Christian life is a battle... 
as the song says, "Soldiers of Christ, arise and put your armor 
on..." people just live for the benefits and zoom home to glory in 
their new Cadillac! Jesus fought His fight at Gethsemane and at 
the crosaand we are going to have to bear our cup... to fight the 
good fight of faith. 

The first principle in giving is learning to give one's self. "The 
Lord loveth a cheerful giver." Another sign of this time is the ease 
of giving money to a cause compared to giving ourselves to the 
cause, There is little sacrifice in that kind of giving and living. 

"The whole world lieth in wickedness." (I John 5:19) It is ravaged 
and bleeding. There is war, famine, inflation, unemployment. Wars 
continue in Ireland and Afghanistan. Iran and Iraq fight and 
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Communist insurgents. In this time of social and spiritual decline... 
we need to cry out to God. We need not be scared or wrestle in 
sleepless nights. Rather, we must see these happenings as a call to 
action. 

As long as men are without the gospel, we are going to be 
plagued with gutter morality. Stifled consciences and indulgence 
in horrendous violent acts that defy the laws of God will continue. 
PEOPLE NEED THE GOSPEL. They need us to have input into 
their lives. Instead, at times, we seem to be ashamed of the Gospel. 
The Apostle Paul said', "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of 
Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation." He, too, lived in a 
bloody world. The Romans were people of the sword. Against this 
he fought bravely on. He saw the cross as painful and bloody 
rather than an ornament of silver and gold. He saw it not as a 
charm but feared and reverenced it. 

How much do you talk about God in your daily work and social 
life? Do you REALLY expect people to just look at you and know 
that Jesus is alive in your life? Because you are alive... you have to 
deliver the word. The life of our nation and the world depends on 
you. You are an impact individual. You are the only hold against 
total descent and apostasy. 

Consider the glory but also consider the fiery judgment. Let your 
life reflect on the idea of NOT I, BUT CHRIST. Live and reach out... 
that He might be honored and exalted; that He might be known; 
that He might be shown strong. Work for the night is coming... 
when man works no more! 

Brother Len Wertz 

WHO IS RAISING TODAY'S CHILDREN? 

We are living in a very different and more difficult day, today, 
than perhaps several generations before. They had their share of 
problems then, but their approach was different than today. 

Years back, a majority of the families lived on farms, parents and 
children being together in the home, working together, going to 
church and social activities together as a family unit. There was 
strict discipline, few divorces and very little child delinquency. 

The church was the dominating influence in the community. 
Fathers were the providers and the mothers kept the home fires 
burning, and quite responsible for the early teaching of the 
children, even before they started to school. 

We are living in a different day. Thousands of families have left 
the farm for city life. This change of living has made unfavorable 
inroads upon the family. There are a large number of mothers who 
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working, child care has become a burning issue in America today. 

According to authoritative sources more than 60% of the mothers 
of children under eighteen years of age are publicly employed. 
Who will care for the children of these parents when the parents are 
at work? This has become a serious problem during the 1980s. 

Separation by death or divorce, or physically handicapped 
fathers, REQUIRES THE MOTHER TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT. She 
is justified in doing so to meet necessary home and living 
expenses. As a consequence, she needs some form of child care. 

There are many women working outside the home for other 
reasons, to enhance their style of living. Others become a second 
wage earner to "keep up with the Joneses." Others by force of 
necessity, such as a death to pay funeral expenses, to help put 
children through college at today's terrific tuition and many times 
to help in reducing the mortgage on their home. 

It is not the intent of this article to condemn anyone. I have read 
after many writers on the subject, that I felt it is a worthy subject to 
bring to the minds of the readers of the Bible Monitor. 

Government agencies, large employers and social workers have 
seen the problem confronting mothers and are taking steps to 
assist. There are a number of suggestions offered. Some have 
been proven workable, while others did not prove satisfactory. 

First and foremost as advocated by the Christian community is 
for the mothers to be keepers at home. Titus 2:5. 

Many children are cared for in relatives' homes. Some are placed 
in day care homes. Some parents hire baby sitters. Some children 
are placed in homes where the mother cares for other children 
besides her own. Some families solve this problem by working 
different shifts so that one or the other is at home. Other mothers 
take in work they can do at home while still caring for their 
children. Another method of care is church day care centers. Many 
large employers provide day care for working mothers. Others rely 
on the grandparents. 

The options are many, too numerous to here mention all of them. 
I do want to refer to one more. That is foster care. Foster care is 
provided by government agencies. Where necessary, children are 
taken from the home and placed with another family, they being 
compensated for their work. This type of care has snowballed from 
500,000 cases in 1977 to many more in 1987. And it continues to 
rise, primarily, because of increasing reports of child abuse across 
the nation. 

Sixty-one percent of the children are taken from the parents 
because of abuse and neglect. Homelessness is another cause. Of 
6,500 children in foster care in New Jersey, eighteen percent came 



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from homeless families. "A family who loses its home also risks 
losing its children to foster care" states Giro Scalera, executive 
director of the Association of Children of New Jersey. Many of 
these homes are lost because of the break-up of the marriage. 

Removing a child from the home is traumatic. Many times 
brothers and sisters never see each other again, nor their parents. 
Many children are moved from one foster home to another, as often 
as ten to twelve times. Thus, such children have no place to call 
home and no permanent pals or acquaintances. 

Dr. Albert Solniy, a pediatric psychiarist was asked if such a child 
could flourish? His answer, "Only if it's permanent." "Why are 
foster care children moved so often? There are many reasons. The 
foster parents tire of the responsibility, because the child may be 
very unruly, a death of one or the other of the foster parents and so 
forth. 

The problem has become so huge that government agencies 
have established licensed group care facilities for child care, which 
is expensive, but perhaps the best solution, because they are 
government regulated. They provide toys, games and proper food 
along with responsible supervision. 

There is another group called "latch key children". This group is 
comprised of children whose parents both work outside the home. 
They may be alone for hours at a time, parents not there when they 
come home from school. They are left to their own devices, which 
often leads to trouble. Many instances are recorded where 
children were hurt, wanderded out on the street and even burned 
down their homes playing with matches. 

Child care is such a big issue that it is very possible it will be a 
subject of debate between the presidential candidates. 

After studying this matter, I believe that the only sure way of 
curbing the problem, is the Bible way. The father the wage earner 
and the mother the home maker. 

Elder Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Avenue, N.W. 
Canton, Ohio 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 15, 1928 
FEAR NOT 
J. F. Britton 

In Luke 12:32, Jesus in figurative terms says: "Fear not, little 
flock: for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the 
kingdom." In the 31st verse Jesus remonstrates with his disciples 
about being anxious about temporal and material things, and urges 



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them to be deeply in earnest and concerned about their spiritual 
welfare. 

On the eventful and awful night on the Sea of Galilee, when by 
reason of a terrific storm that had gripped that little ship in which 
Jesus was quietly sleeping, and with a vehement force was tossing 
that ship to and fro, that created great fear and consternation with 
his disciples, that they came, and awoke him and said unto him, " 
'Master, carest thou not that we perish?' And He, who hath all 
power in Heaven and earth, arose out of his peaceful rest and 
sleep, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' 
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm, and he said unto 
them, 'Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?' " 
Mark 4:38-40. 

Unfortunately for those disciples, they were not conscious of the 
fact that the ship could not be demolished by that terrific storm 
while the Prince of Glory was on board. The writer really believes 
that Jesus saw the necessity of teaching those disciples some 
lessons through severe experiences, in order to strengthen and 
broaden their conceptions of faith and trust in his providential care 
and power to protect them through all the storms and adversities of 
life. So that in the very midst of adversities and oppressions they 
can hear the voice of Jesus ringing out above the roar of the storm, 
"Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father's good pleasure to give 
you the kingdom." 

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 

In a believer's ear! 
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, 
And drives away his fear." 

We should take into consideration that there are two kinds of 
fear. One kind of fear is actuated by intimidation or some frightful 
object, foe or approaching personal danger. The other kind is 
actuated by a sense of reverence to God, that one may do, or not 
do, that which would incur the displeasure of God against them. 
"Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into 
his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Heb. 4:1 . This 
text means we must be faithful and loyal to Him who said, "Fear 
not, little flock: for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the 
kingdom." 

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse 
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting 
holiness in the fear of God." II Cor. 7:1. And in Phil 2:12, Paul 
writes as follows: "Wherefore, by beloved, as ye have always 
obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my 
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." 



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These scriptures denote and urge sincerity, earnestness and 
reverence and pray to God for grace and spiritual strength to obey 
from the heart, the sacred teachings of Jesus Christ and his 
apostles, which spells "Holiness, without which no man shall see 
the Lord." Heb. 12:14. 

The phrase, "little flock", is expressive and indicates those who 
have merited the recognition and favor of the Father. "Not every 
one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of 
Heaven; but he that doeth the will of the Father which is in Heaven." 
Matt. 7:21 . Therefore, it is plain, and an irrefragable fact, that those 
who do the will of the Father, constitute the "little flock." 

Psychologically it is neither safe nor wise to assume to measure 
the kingdom of God by mere numbers or growth in scholastic 
attainments. It is quality that counts with God, and not numbers. 
"Numbers are no mark, 

That men will right be found, 
For few were saved in Noah's Ark, 
While many millions drowned." 
It is, then, both logical and scriptural to understand that when 
Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father's good 
pleasure to give you the kingdom," he had in mind a spiritual 
kingdom, for spiritual people, "whose lives are hid with Christ in 
God." Col. 3:3. And through faith, love and obedience they live in 
fellowship and communion with God through the Holy Spirit. 

Why should we fear or be dismayed? "If God be for us, who can 
be against us?" Rom. 8:31. "For ye have not received the spirit of 
bondage again to fear: but ye have received the spirit of adoption 
whereby we cry, Abba Father. The spirit itself beareth witness with 
our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then 
heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with 
him, that we may be also glorified together." Rom. 8:15-17. 

Thank God, and praise His holy name, that the Dunkard Brethren 
are worthy to suffer reproach, and to be abused, ridiculed and 
misrepresented. For, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, 
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you 
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is 
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which 
were before you." Matt. 5:11-12. 
In the language of the poet, the writer wishes to say: 
"Ye little flock, whom Jesus feeds, 

Dismiss your anxious cares; 
Look to the Shepherd of your souls, 
And smile away your fears." 



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SANCTIFIED SPEAKING 

Psalms 51:15, "O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall shew 
forth thy praise." 

Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of 
your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it 
may minister grace unto the hearers." 

Ephesians 6:19-20, "And for me, that utterance may be given 
unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the 
mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: 
that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." 

While there is much truth in the saying, "Your actions speak so 
loud I cannot hear a word you are saying," the Bible makes it very 
clear that what we say is important. In James 3:6 we are warned, 
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue 
among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on 
fire the course of nature; and is set on fire of hell." 

Our opening verse from the Psalms is a prayer that should be 
repeated often by the people of God. When we realize the soverign 
majesty of God and our own weakness of being prone to sin we can 
appreciate the fact that only God can fill our mouths with praise 
that glorifies him. When we are ashamed to praise God in singing 
and testimony, when among the Brethren and Sisters, we cannot 
hope to shew forth His praise when among the unsaved. 

Our second verse from the book of Ephesians is a warning for all 
within the modern church. Corrupt communication is not limited 
to filthy language or cursing, although these are certainly included. 
We were shocked when we found out that it is now popular among 
the young people to make a joke out of violent actions. A series 
called "garbage pail kids" is available on cards found in gum and 
other sources. We understand that a television series was to be 
introduced on this theme. Whether or not the move to protest it 
was successful we are not sure. If those who protested the 
showing of this series truly were concerned about violence they 
would have urged individuals to get rid of their television sets. But 
we agree that making a joke out of such things as suicide and 
murder is a sign of a very sick society. The point we wish to make 
is that out of this type of thinking have come jokes that makes 
violence humorous and we believe should be avoided by those 
within the Faith. 

When God is guiding our speech we will never make remarks 
derogatory of an individual who happens to be of a different 
nationality or color than we are. There would be very little 
disputing and fighting among those within the true faith if we 
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God is pleased when the after service conversation is filled with the 
latest gossip about some Brother or Sister? While we seem to 
delight in speaking about individuals and their faults and short- 
comings do we ever approach them in love concerning these 
things? If we disagree with what a minister says in his sermon, do 
we complain to those around us after the meeting or approach the 
minister? We believe many misunderstandings could be avoided if 
we would only take the time to talk to one another about our 
disagreements. Beyond this it is often a matter of misunder- 
standing what the Brother said or even a slip of the tongue on his 
part. When we make an honest mistake, we expect others to realize 
that we are only human but do we show the same consideration for 
others? 

We must be very careful when we are speaking of God the 
Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We must never 
bring them down to our human level or use their name in an unholy 
manner. 

Our last verse taken from the book of Ephesians tells us how we 
should use our speech. Do we speak boldly when we are sharing 
the mystery of the gospel? When we come to this issue there 
remains no room to worry about hurting someone's feelings. We 
must be willing to speak boldly on such issues as evolution, Jesus 
Christ being the one way to Heaven and the Bible being the 
infallible Word of God. The modern idea that we must leave room 
for discussion and dialogue on these matters is not to be found in 
Holy Scripture. Of course, if individuals do not accept the Bible as 
the final authority, it matters little what it has to say on a subject. 
We must also keep in mind that to speak boldly is not to speak 
without love. We can bring disgrace to the work of God by unkind 
speech as well as by denying the reality of His Truths. However, we 
repeat and stand firm on the idea that if someone is offended by 
this Truth we cannot compromise to please them: 

May God grant each of us the wisdom to bring glory to His name 
through our speech. We believe He desires sanctified speaking of 
His people. If your speech is not as pure as you think it should be, 
pray about it much. If you have never accepted the Lord Jesus 
Christ and His shed blood on Calvary's cross it matters not how 
dignified your speech may be. Acceptable speech, of itself, is not a 
ticket to Heaven. We invite you to join us in singing and speaking 
glory to His name if you have never made this step. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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HELL 

"Hell" is not a nice word. It is not a nice place either. But it is 
real. It never ends. It was not made for man, but for Satan and his 
fallen angels. Men chose to go there because they chose not to 
serve the true God. Hell burns with eternal fire that never burns 
out, neither can it be quenched. There is no water in hell, not even 
a teardrop to cool the tongue. Read again slowly, thoughtfully, 
prayerfully, the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16. This is 
not a parable as some think. The Lord, who cannot lie, said, 'There 
was a CERTAIN rich man," that settles it. Parables are also true 
and we can see them happening in similar form most any time 
around us. 

As we cannot imagine what a beautiful place Heaven must be, so, 
we cannot imagine what a horrid place hell is. Worse yet to think of 
the company that inhabits hell — the final place of the dammed, the 
infernal regions of fire and brimstone where the final abode of the 
devil, his fallen angels, demons, the beast and false prophet, and 
those men and women who love darkness rather than light. 

"But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and 
murderers, and idolators and all liars shall have their part in the 
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second 
death," Rev. 21:8. 

So there will be no good thing in hell — no water, no sunlight, no 
communication with the Lord or His people, no birds to sing, no 
flowers to bloom, no love, no sympathy, no comfort, no rest, no 
kind words, just cursing, lying, blaming and being blamed for the 
cause of the misery each must endure and the memories of what 
might have been had they heeded the Lord and those who loved 
and cared. The Master will have reclaimed all the good that was 
given to them in this life and have given it to the just stewards who 
did their best in this life to please their Master. Please read again 
the parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30. Then reread verses 
28-30. 

Our short lives on earth are given to us to prove we want to serve 
the true and living God, as was intended in the beginning, to prove 
our desire to belong to the family of God eternally, or to live to the 
lust of the flesh and serve the powers of darkness then spend 
eternity doing the things we loved and lived for on earth without 
end engulfed in the lake of fire and and brimstone. 

We cherish the thought that Heaven is everlasting. There are 
people who would have us believe that hell is not everlasting. But 
the Bible that says that Heaven is everlasting, Luke 18:30; Mark 
10:30, also says that hell is everlasting, Matt. 8:12; 12:32; 18:8; 
25:41-46; I Thess. 1:8-9; Mark 3:29; Heb. 6:2; John 3:36; Jude 6-7. 



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Some people in their effort to cancel out hell try to cancel out 
both heaven and hell. Then to try to make sure, they request that 
their bodies be burned to ashes and perhaps spread on the oceans 
to try to outwit God, forgetting that God was great enough to 
create man a living being out of the dust of the earth and He can 
also put his body together again from the dust of the ashes and 
bring him to judgment to receive the rewards of the deeds done in 
the flesh. 

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the 
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the 
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which 
were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea 
gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up 
the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man 
according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the 
lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not 
found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev 
20:12-15. 

It is late! The time is at hand! The choice is ours! The heavenly 
way is straight and narrow, but not crowded. But many are 
traveling the broad way. Hell has been enlarged to hold the 
multitudes. 'Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her 
mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and 
their pomp, and he that rejoiceth shall descend into it." Isa. 5:4. 

"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his 
thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy 
upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." Isa. 
55:7. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
R.D. 2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

A Life of Faithfulness 
J. H. Moore 

Faithfulness is faith in operation. In all Christian lands Abraham 
is recognized as the father of the faithful. God trusted him, and he 
made good. He believed in God, and proved his faith by the life he 
lived. The value of faithfulness is recognized in every department 
of life. The man who is faithful to his trust is the man who is wanted 
and appreciated. 

Jesus was faithful, rendering perfect obedience to his Father. 
Doing the will of his Heavenly Father, was to him meat and drink. 
And all through his teachings do we find him, in one way or the 



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other, placing special emphasis on the life of faithfulness. In Matt. 
25:21, speaking of the winding up of the affairs of life, we have him 
saying: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been 
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things." 
Writing to the saints at Ephesus, Paul calls them "the faithful in 
Christ Jesus" (Eph. 1:1). Then he would have Timothy commit the 
preaching of the Word to none but "faithful men" (II Tim. 2:2). This, 
with what is said elsewhere, places a premium on faithfulness. 

The Christian who would prove true to the profession he makes, 
must be faithful to his God, to his Word, to his church, and to every 
interest he represents. With him it should be a lifelong effort, 
prompted by love. He serves his God, obeys his Word and respects 
his church, because he believes this to be the right thing to do, and 
because he loves to do the thing that is right. Faithfulness with him 
is not a matter of reward, but a matter of love for the right. To all 
men and women of this type Jesus would say: "Be thou faithful 
unto death and I will give thee a crown of life." (Rev. 2:10) 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

Our Fellowship enjoyed having the Fred Pifer family with us 
September 2-11, while Brother Fred brought messages of revival 
from the Word. 

Melissa Franklin, Chris Beachler and Becky Winger were baptized 
at the close of the meeting. One week later, Ben Beachler 
requested and received baptism. 

We praise God for evidence of the Spirit's power working in lives. 
It reminds us of joy we experienced when we accepted Christ's 
sacrifice on the cross for our salvation. That joy is ever new as 
others join us in the cause of the Kingdom. 

Pleasant Home's Fall Communion Meeting is scheduled to begin 
with a 10:00 a.m. Examination Service Saturday, November 12, 
1988. We are expecting out-of-state visitors and would be pleased 
if you can come and bring others with you. 

Sharing across the brotherhood is an important way of visual- 
izing the scope of the Kingdom and fostering unity of the Spirit. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

"... and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Cor. 
3:17b. 

If God permits, the Grandview Congregation plans to have Bro. 
Allen Eberly as their evangelist from November 13-20, 1988. We 



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will have our usual examination and communion on Saturday; and 
morning and afternoon services on Sunday, the 20th. May we be 
enriched in Hm who bought us. 
Everyone welcome. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation had a very nice revival from 
August 19-28. Bro. Paul Hartz was the evangelist. On August 27 
we had a very nice Lovefeast and on August 28 we had dinner on 
the grounds. 

Sister Jennifer Snyder, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will have a 
Lovefeast November 12, 1988. Services will begin Saturday at 
11:00 a.m. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

ANNOUNCEMENT 

There are four more titles available in the series of booklets of 
poems written by Sis. Irene Stout. These titles are: Poems of 
Meditation, Poems of Encouragement, Poems with Food for 
Thought, Poems of Rejoicing. The proceeds from the sale of these 
booklets will go to the Church. Please order from the Editor. 



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October 1, 1988. 

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1988 

November 6 - Joseph United With His Brethren - Genesis 45:1-15. 

1 . What allowed Joseph to have the attitude shown in v. 5? Matt. 
5:39. 

2. Notice Joseph's attitude and forgiveness in v. 8. 

November 13 - Joseph Sends for His Father - Genesis 45:16-27; 
46:1-34. 

1. Notice God's promise in Prov. 16:7 is seen in Gen. 45:5, 8, 
16-19. 

2. How many Israelites went to live in Egypt? v. 27. 

November 20 - THANKSGIVING - II Cor. 9:1-15. 

1. Is there a relationship between our THANKSGIVING and 
our GIVING? 

2. How should we show gratefulness? 

November 27 - Joseph Presents Jacob to Pharaoh - Genesis 
47:1-34. 

1. Apply Prov. 22:1 to Joseph and his family. 

2. How was Egypt blessed by the life and presence of Joseph? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR NOVEMBER 1988 

November 6 - The Sorcerer - Acts 8:9-25. 

1. What was/is a sorcerer then? today? 

2. What did Simon try to buy with money? v. 18. 

November 13 - Dorcas - Acts 9:36-43. 

1. What was Dorcas known for? 

2. For what will we be remembered? 

November 20 - THANKSGIVING - Ps. 118:1-29; Ps. 136:1-4; 
Rom. 1:21; Col. 3:12-17. 

1 . How do we show our gratefulness to man? 

2. How can we show our gratefulness to God? 

November 27 - The Unknown God - Job 5:8-18, Ecc. 3:1-5, 
Acts 17:22-31. 

1. Why do people worship unknown gods? Acts 17:23. 

2. Do we "ignorantly" worship any unknown God? 



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VOL. LXV! 



NOVEMBER 1, 1988 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



A BEAUTIFUL LIFE 

Each day I'll do a golden deed, 
By helping those who are in need; 
My life on earth is but a span, 
And so I'll do the best I can. 

To be a child of God each day, 
My light must shine along the way; 
I'll sing His praise while ages roll, 
And strive to help some troubled soul. 

The only life that will endure, 
Is one that's kind and good and pure; 
And so for God I'll take my stand, 
Each day I'll lend a helping hand. 

While going down life's weary road, 
I'll try to lift some trav'ler's load; 
I'll try to turn the night to day, 
Make flowers bloom along the way. 

- William M. Golden 



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ADDICTION 

When we think of addiction we usually think of the alcoholic or 
drug addict. We see in such people a weakness. They seem unable 
to resist the lure of the bottle or the high of drugs. 

Some have excused their behavior by claiming their addiction is 
a disease they have no control over. This excuse deprives them of 
any desire to overcome it for they have no hope if it is a disease. 
Drunkenness has been a problem throughout history. The Bible 
contains many warnings concerning the drunkard's eternal destiny. 
There were also drug users in the time of Jesus. They knew of pain 
killing and mind-dulling drugs, they even offered Jesus such a drug 
when He was on the cross, but He refused it. It was with a clear 
mind that He suffered the burden of men's sins. He could clearly 
realize the barrier between He and His Father brought by that sin 
load. 

Addiction may be more widespread and nearer home than we 
would like to think. There are many drugs which can relieve so 
many of our physical and mental conditions. There are antibiotics 
to rid us of infections, analgesics to overcome pain and other drugs 
to relieve other conditions. These drugs which seem like miracles 
when they are needed may become disasters when they are over 
used. It is easy to become dependent upon them when sick, then 
not give them up when the illness is over. This is especially true of 
pain medications and anxiety relievers. The fear of pain or anxiety 
can overcome the fear of addiction. 

A person can become addicted to these benign drugs without 
realizing it. The symptoms of addiction are not dramatic but the 
continual use of a drug will have some effect. The realization of the 



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addiction may not come until the medication is stopped. Then the 
effect of the drug becomes noticeable by its absence. The break 
from the drug may be quite uncomfortable, physically and emotion- 
ally. 

While addicted to a benign drug, the user will often criticize 
those who are addicted to popularly abused drugs. The difference 
between these addictions may lie mostly in the drugs chosen to use 
and abuse. The abused drugs may be more dramatic in their effect 
upon the body, often causing death. Addiction to benign drugs 
may not cause dramatic results, but there must be some results, 
however mild or temporary. 

Addiction to drugs, whether dangerous or benign, is another 
manifestation of habits, active in our lives. We all have habits. They 
are a part of our living. Some are good, while others are bad. 
Habits are made from actions that are repeated a few times. Those 
actions soon become so comfortable that they are repeated 
without being realized. Taking a drug becomes a habit, when after 
using it a few times to overcome some particular ailment, we begin 
to use it even if the ailment is not present but we think it might 
appear. Soon there is no need for even an excuse, the habit is 
established. 

Realizing how easy it is to establish a habit, we need to guard our 
lives so we do not develop habits that may cause serious problems 
in our bodies and minds. Sometimes physical and mental 
conditions dictate taking these drugs. That addiction may be less 
damaging than the condition being treated. But often the addiction 
is an emotional crutch. Because of fear, worry, stress or pain the 
drug becomes a way of escape. 

The effects of an addiction can be far-reaching and often 
unnoticed by the user. There may be not only physical symptoms 
but also personality changes, such as hyperactivity, anger, or 
depression. 

When medical and mental conditions demand the continual use 
of certain drugs, the user should be thankful for the results of 
modern scientific study and drug development. Without God's 
order in the human body such study would be fruitless. 

Many conditions may demand only occasional use of certain 
drugs. Other emotional or supposed conditions demand no drug 
use, but a facing up to facts. Determination is needed to not 
depend on drugs to disguise a Spiritual problem by treating only an 
overlying physical problem. 

The pressures of today's society causes many problems. The 
Christian has resources to overcome these problems. The Christian 
may need physical help at times, but has Spiritual resources which 
can keep him from addiction. 

Is your greatest resource in a bottle or in Heaven? 



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IRREPARABLE MISTAKES 

Peter, in the wrong crowd, when Jesus was on trial, swore that he 
never knew Him. When Peter saw Jesus look his way, remem- 
bering Jesus' words that Peter would deny Him, went out and wept 
bitterly. Matt. 26. 

Ahab, coveting another's vineyard, gave permission to his wife to 
have the owner killed. He claimed the vineyard as his own. He 
heard his funeral preached in the following words, "In the place 
where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall the dogs lick thy 
blood, even thine." I Kings 21. 

Ananias and Sapphira, in order to retain more money they 
received on the sale of a possession, lied to the Holy Ghost 
regarding the sales price. They forfeited their lives because of the 
lie. Acts. 5. 

Adam and Eve, because they ate of the forbidden fruit, brought 
sin, suffering, shame, disgrace and death upon themselves and the 
human race. Genesis 3. 

Achan, for a garment he could not wear, and silver and gold he 
had no way of spending, paid a tremendous price including all his 
possessions, his family and his life. Joshua 7. 

Judas Iscariot, for the trifling sum of thirty pieces of silver, 
betrayed his Lord with a kiss. Realizing he had sinned, trying to 
return the money, but could not, he went out and hanged himself. 
Matt. 26. 

Lot's wife, not wanting to give up earthly things, looked back one 
more time at Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt. Genesis 19. 

King Herod, because he was willing to please a wicked woman, 
offered the daughter of Herodias anything she would ask. She 
asked for John the Baptist's head. He fulfilled her request, but was 
SORRY for making such an offer. Matt. 14. 

David, because he found pleasure in another man's wife, left for 
posterity, an example of his life, which included adultery, shame 
and tears, boldly written for all to read. II Samual 2. 

Esau, to satisfy one day's fleshly lusts, lightly valued his birth- 
right, thereby forfeiting his right to the ancestry of Christ. Genesis 
25. 

Samson, for allowing himself to be seduced by Delilah, wist not 
that the Lord was departed from him. Judges 16. 

The price some people have paid for their unwise decisions are 
recorded time and again in God's Holy Word. 

We each should pray to God for sufficient wisdom, that we do not 
make similar mistakes in our own life. 

Elder Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 



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THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW 

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 
will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they 
comfort me." Psa. 23:4. This scripture is often referred to as 
physical death. This I believe is one Biblical meaning to the 
phrases, but it is also more than that. It may, and often is a death to 
carnality in people through the bitter trials and humbling ex- 
periences which the saints experience to try them whether they be 
true and workable clay in the Potter's hand, or refuse clay that 
cannot be made into a valuable vessel fit for the Father's use. 

David experienced this valley of the shadow and knew whereof 
he spoke. David was tempted and fried beyond our imagination, 
but each trial and repentance brought him nearer to his God, until 
he recognized God in every happening and undertaking of his life. 
His soul had been put through the furnace of affliction until he was 
truly a piece of workable clay in God's hands. He had gone 
through the shadow of death to carnality in all its forms, through 
lessons in humility until he could come humbly before God and his 
fellowmen. All trace of greed, lust, and pride had vanished until he 
was recognized by God as a man after His own heart. 

I believe Job was a perfect man of great wealth, great power, and 
great prestige. But by the time he came through the shadow of the 
valley of death, Job realized he was only a frail human being that 
could do better. He, too, became as a lump of clay in God's hands 
as one gone through the valley of the shadow with a banquet set 
before him to enjoy with all his family and friends yet still in this 
world. 

Many people who have traveled this path throughout the ages 
have found a table set before them in the end. As a few examples: 
Joseph who went through many trials of rejection to the prison 
dungeon of heathen sun-worshipping Egypt to emerge as the 
second ruler in Egypt, and was also adored by his family of friends 
instead of enemies, who had sold him into Egypt. Also Daniel and 
the three Hebrew children of royal seed from Israel carried away 
from their beloved land whose parents and relatives were probably 
destroyed, and were taken to Babylon to live in a land of sun 
worshipers, to go through the fiery furnace and the lion's den to 
later become heads in the government of great Babylon. They 
stood the test and a rich table was spread before them. They 
obeyed God and God preserved them. Jesus said "seek ye first the 
kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be 
added unto you. How true! The same promises extend to us today. 
Many could be named who have transversed this lonely valley of 
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blessings. As we pass through this lonesome valley we can learn to 
love His rod (discipline) and His staff (His Word) and even become 
thankful for the trials that cleanses us from all desire to do evil. 
David goes on to say, 'Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." 
Then the Lord sets a table of blessing, that sends us on our way 
truly rejoicing in heart and soul with the anointing of the Holy 
Spirit. (Thou anointest my head with oil). Then surely our cups 
runneth over. 

Satan is now challenging God and man possibly more than ever 
before. He is employing every means of the satanic throng to 
deceive and work wickedness of every sort and description 
through the use of his fallen angels, demons, his twice educated 
anti-christ, our enemies and friends by deceptions, hatred, evil 
friendships, lust, envy, hatred, idolatory and every evil thing. Daily 
study of the Bible, reading God's commandments and daily exam- 
inating ourselves will help prevent us from falling victim to his 
devices. "Sin is the transgression of the law, ' and "the law brings 
us to a knowledge of sin." "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of 
wisdom," "to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not to him it 
is sin." "The wages of sin is death." 

Therefore when the Lord calls us to cross the lonesome valley 
alone (satan does his utmost to take away our encouragement from 
every source even as he did Job's wife, family and friends). We can 
be sure God is ready to prepare a sumptious blessing for us if we 
are faithful. God bless and strengthen us all spiritually and 
physically to be able to cling to the Lord and resist Satan in this 
time of the beginning of man's judgment day. 

In His service 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Modern ZEALOTS 

We need spiritual zealots today because we are living in a day of 
weakness in most church members. A zealot is willing to sacrifice 
everything for the cause and we are required to do that for the 
cause of Christ. We serve a mighty God who can do anything. He 
can do anything but fail. The land is full of tramping feet of 
doomed souls that are marching toward a never-ending eternity... 
and they seem oblivious to His existence. It is time that we put 
down the clean clothes of safety and don the tattered, sweaty 
mantle of Elijah. 

The Church has grown flabby while people have slept in the 
pews. It has become easy to allow our cold consciences to accept 
thj3 happenings of the days rather than have them buckle our 
knees. What excuses will we use when we stand before the Lord 



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and try to justify our lack of enthusiasm for Christian living? How 
will we justify taking it easy rather than letting His fire burn within 
us? Heretics fight zealously against right and we seem to have 
amnesia... and the church sleeps on. 

We can have zeal because the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD 
can unlock the dumb tongues, open deaf ears, put vision into 
sightless eyes and remove the devil from our lives. He gives us 
power and vision that exceeds our imagination if we depend totally 
on Him. Yet, we remain incredibly slouthful and lacking. The 
Bible teaches us that "While men slept, the enemy sowed tares in 
the field." 

A spiritual revival is imperative to get us out of our inertia and 
make our spirits hot. We are living in a time when everything that 
can be shaken will be shaken in order that the Antichrist may make 
his entry and offer some sort of stability. Educated man has 
created a world that sits on a time bomb of atomic power. We need 
to be zealous in our service. 

The WALL STREET JOURNAL had a front page article which 
had the sub-title, "An Evangelical Revival Is Sweeping the Nation, 
but with Little Effect." This type of propaganda is tragic... but all 
too true. It is a little like saying that an earthquake measuring 9.5 
on the Richter scale traversed across America and no one felt it. 
Where are we? What is our spiritual temperature? Are we just 
remaining babes year after year or are we becoming mature zealots 
in the service of the King? Spiritual impotence will not lead to 
victory. 

I often feel people have an attitude today of "relax and be 
reptured." Paul stormed the gates of hell and cried out about 
pressing toward the mark and we lope along in complacency. 
There has to be an open season on our smugness and amnesia. We 
have to get up from the pews and get out on the battlefield. "Who 
will rise up against the evildoers or who will stand up for me against 
iniquity?" (Ps. 94:16) 

The early Christians came from the "Upper Room" as zealots to 
invade the world for the Lord. Now it seems we are the invaded 
instead of the invader. These people didn't depend on a "moral 
majority." They depended on a holy minority. They had a 
passion... an unction of the Spirit of God to minister to the suffering 
people around them. There was no self-sufficiency. There was just 
positive action and apostolic piety. 

What has our impact been on those around us? Just a few 
Christians in the early church "turned the world upside down." 
Now we have the media and all the educational aids that go with 
this age and we have little or no impact. Why is it that we feel that 
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attitude. We are the salt of the earth... not just the salt of the 
church. Have we lost our savour, our zeal? 

We need zealots today... Spirit-born, heaven-directed, earth- 
shaking and hell-robbing people who understand that Christ and 
salvation are the most important things in the world. We need 
people who will shout from the housetops because "there is no 
knowledge of God in the land." (Jos. 4) Will you accept this 
challenge to a zealot life? Rebel against stagnation and break the 
bondage of complacency. Hope is not gone. God still cares and 
Jesus saves. March up Zion's Hill with hope and joy in your heart. 
With God being for you... you cannot fail. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 1, 1928 
THE DRESS 
Samuel Hall 

We hear so much nowadays about the dress, that there is nothing 
to the dress, it does not make any difference how you dress, just so 
your heart is right. Now if we want to do like the world, act and 
dress like the world, there is where our heart's desire is. Now let us 
take Jesus' word, where he says in Matt. 6:21: "For where your 
treasure is, there will your heart be also." If your treasure is not in 
acting and doing like the world, why is it that you do so? Now let us 
go back to the children of Israel and see if there was not something 
in a sign, when God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to put 
blood on the lintel and two sides of the door posts, so when the 
angel came along to smite the first born of Egypt, that by the blood 
being on the door posts of the houses of Israel the angel knew not 
to enter the house. If Israel had not obeyed and put the sign on the 
posts, what would have happened to them that had not obeyed? 
Then some will say there is nothing to outward appearances, so let 
us go a little farther in God's word and see what it has to say. Let us 
look at I Cor. 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the 
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God, and 
ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore, 
glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." Now 
if we are God's children, we have no right to tolerate the fashions 
and amusements of this world. Now let us look at II Cor. 6:16-17, 
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are 
the temple of the living God; as God hath said I will dwell in them, 
and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my 
people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 



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separate, saith the Lord. And touch not the unclean thing; and I 
will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my 
sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." What a beautiful 
promise we have here if we will do what he says. But if we will not 
do, we do not have the promise of being his son and daughter Now 
let us look again at God's word to see. (Rom. 12:1-2) "I beseech 
you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present 
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is 
your reasonable service." God in old times when a sacrifice was to 
be offered it was to be without spot or blemish in any way and 
when we think of the sacrifice that God offered for our sin.' The 
loving Saviour, Christ Jesus. How pure and holy our bodies ought 
to be for God to dwell in: "And be not conformed to this world. But 
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may know 
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." We 
are not to be like the world; we are different because the word says 
so; so let us obey what it says and be on the safe side with God and 
Jesus our Saviour. Let us look a little farther and see what the word 
says. (I Tim. 2:9-10; I Pet. 3:3-5.) Now let us look what happened in 
Matt. 22:11-12. "And when the king came in to see the guests, he 
saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he 
saith unto him, Friend, how comest thou in hither not having a 
wedding garment? And he was speechless." I do not wonder one 
bit about why he was cast out, because he knew what was required 
of him before he went to the supper, and to go unprepared and try 
and be one of the guests and not comply with the words, it does not 
make me wonder about it. That is what is going to happen in that 
day of all days. Now go with me to John 2:15-17 and read prayer- 
fully and carefully and see what is required of us there; see if we are 
coming up to these scriptures and if not it is high time we are 
getting busy and obeying. Now go with me to Rev. 3:4, 'Thou hast 
a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments- 
and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy." As we 
look out over the broad land and see the way humanity is going it 
makes us wonder it can be said of us as it was said of Sardis that 
there are a few that have not defiled their garments. Dear Brethren 
and Sisters, let us read, live and obey God's word so when the great 
shepherd, Christ Jesus, comes that we will be ready to meet him 
because he said he will divide the sheep from the goats and place 
the sheep on the right and the goats on the left. Now which side do 
you want? You can choose either side, but be careful that you 
choose the right, and if you choose the right, we do not know that 
we will be permitted to spend eternity in that beautiful city that God 
has prepared for all that do his commandments, but if we do not 
what he tells us in his blessed book we will be permitted to spend 



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eternity in hell with the devil and his angels where there will be 
weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout all eternity. That sure 
will be an awful place to be. As there are many more scriptures in 
the Bible on the garment, I thought I would give you a few of them 
to study and think of what is required of his children. May God's 
blessing rest and abide with us all, that we may be willing to do his 
will and not ours. 

JEALOUSY 

Jealousy has caused much sorrow and suffering among the 
human family. We have the record in God's Word, soon after the 
creation of man and woman, of two brothers, Cain and Abel. 
Because Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than 
Cain, because Abel had faith in what he had done, Cain became 
jealous to such an extent that he slew his brother Abel. This must 
have made sad hearts for their parents. 

God's Word says jealousy is cruel as the grave. Jealousy is the 
rage of man therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance 
neither will He rest content. When Joseph's brethren saw that their 
father loved Joseph more than all his brothers, they hated him and 
became jealous and spoke about slaying him. Afterward they 
decided not to kill him but sold him to the Ishmeelites for twenty 
pieces of silver. He was brought into Egypt. In the parable of the 
prodigal son Jesus tells of a certain man who had two sons. One 
wandered away and when he came back the father was happy and 
rejoiced, but the elder brother was made sad and jealous. 

Jealousy has caused very much sadness and suffering since the 
creation of the earth and is existing in our time. Enmity causes 
jealousy. The two evils work together and are closely related. 
Jealousy is the work of the flesh and the carnal mind. In the flesh 
there is no good thing. We should overcome self and the carnal 
mind, for the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against 
the flesh. It has destroyed love, peace and union in families, 
churches and among people everywhere. 

Often times people are overcome by it, when they see someone 
else is more prosperous in life's pathway than they are. We have 
seen in our time where jealousy existing among families has 
brought much sadness to parents. Let us not be desirous of vain 
glory. The word, "jealousy" contains a large variety of thoughts. 
"Apprehensive of being displeased by a rival, revengeful of some 
one superior, earnestly and anxiously suspicious of others is 
respected or loved more than ourselves, suspiciously fearful or 
vigilant that passion or peculiar uneasiness which arises from fear 
of the affections of whom we love, a fear that others will enjoy some 



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advantages which we desire ourselves, eager for information, an 
inquisitive of others progress or prosperity." 

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the wise men came and 
asked, "where is the king of the Jews? We have seen his star in the 
east." King Herod became jealous and told the wise men to seek 
diligently for the child and when ye have found him bring me word 
again that I may come and worship him. And being warned of God 
in a dream that they should not return to King Herod they departed 
into their own country another way. Joseph took the young child, 
Jesus and his mother and fled into Egypt for Herod sought the 
young child to destroy him. When Herod saw that he was mocked 
of the wise men he was exceeding wroth and sent forth and slew all 
children that were in Bethlehem and all the coasts there in from two 
years and under according to the time. This caused much 
suffering, moaning and weeping at that time. What a terrible 
unmerciful deed was committed through jealousy. Joy and happi- 
ness cannot exist among people, where there is jealousy. 

It is one of Satan's tools, that he uses to keep or turn people from 
the way of truth and righteousness. He uses his deceitfulness in 
many ways and has, and now is, winning many victories within the 
human family. 

Let us not miss the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus because of being overcome by the evil of jealousy. Those 
who accept Christ shall receive the light. See that ye walk 
circumspectly not as fools but as wise redeeming the time because 
the days are evil. Evil men do not understand justice, but the 
righteous understand all things. Heaven is a place of supreme 
happiness where jealousy is done away with and love and peace 
will never die. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
901 Chambers Road 
York, PA 17402 

CULTS! FACT OR FICTION 

Steve Jensen 

A growing concern throughout the United States not only with 
law enforcement, but also should be a concern of every parent, is 
the increasing number of satanic cults that are presently practicing 
and recruiting our youth. 

To see what, where and how we are being confronted by these 
cults, we need only go to our local book stores to find numerous 
publications that not only tell what cults are, but also how to 
practice the different rituals. From there, travel to your record 
store where you'll see how many satanic symbols on the covers of 
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Thus, your children may like to listen to hard rock music and not 
realize that it may be causing ill effects on them. Finally, go to the 
local movie theatre where even some of the more entertaining 
movies have hints of satanic cult rituals. 

We, as parents, cannot close our eyes to these facts or think that 
it can't happen to our children. First, if you have teenage children 
in your home, make yourself aware of the different cults that are 
possible in your area, and openly discuss them in advance with 
your children. Remember, most cults recruit members in their 
teens. They look for the young, impressionable and troubled 
individuals. 

Second, keep open communications with your child. Do not 
destroy any cult material you find, but instead discuss it with your 
child. Point out the psychological techniques used by cults and 
how they manipulate potential recruits into settings that will work 
to the advantage of the cult. 

Third, continually remind your child that you love them. Allow 
them to have a voice in family decision making. Remember, not 
every person recruited by cults join. The "Street Wise" individuals 
are separated out, as only those who are idealistic, submissive and 
emotional are asked to join. If you continuously have open com- 
munications, show love and open support of your child, they will 
not feel this need to search elsewhere for it. 

And finally, watch for abrupt emotional changes in your child; 
changes in school study habits, friends, values and goals; unusual 
interest in books on satanism; excessive obsession with certain 
rock music groups; and a preference to be alone; meditation; 
changing, use of new vocabulary, and so forth. 

If the conversation does take place between you and your child: 

1. DO NOT PANIC. Show interest and love. 

2. Do not give the child money. 

3. Do not demean the cult leader. Get as much information on 
the group as you can. 

4. Seek internal support from other family members. 

5. Seek outside support from professionals, who are aware of 
the cult phenomena including your local law enforcement. 

Today, as police officers, we too must be aware that these cults 
are present and look at each crime scene carefully, taking note to 
any unusual items, symbols or material that may be left at the 
scene. Remember, cults may be into using drugs, child abuse, 
human sacrifice and forms of mind control to keep their member 
from defecting. 

When investigating a youth suicide, take note of everything 
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Don't just pass it off as a misunderstood or problem youth. 

To better understand the amount of cult activity that you may 
have in your area, check with the local libraries and book stores. Be 
aware of the symbols used by cults and watch for the appearance 
of graffitti or tattoos on suspects. 

We as parents and law enforcement must work together to make 
each other better aware of the problems that face our youth. We 
must work together to better understand our youth and their needs 
both spiritually and mentally. 

Selected by Sister Shirley Jamison 

BE CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY 

"... and be clothed with humility..." I Peter 5:5. 

One of the great difficulties involved in Church work is that we 
have more leaders and fewer followers. What God's Church needs 
is more workers who will go anywhere and do anything for the 
Kingdom of Christ. Where are those who will do the lowest of jobs 
and consider it a blessing? Those who do the dirty jobs will be 
rewarded with greater tasks in the future. 

So many who vie for the leadership positions are only there for 
the momentary glory that man bestows upon us. The scriptures tell 
us to lay up treasure in Heaven, to please God rather than man. It is 
easy to see who those people are who only do the work of the 
church in order for men to recognize their accomplishments. 
Unfortunately, these people think that no one is wise to them. The 
Pharisees of old fooled a few people, but not everyone. They were 
the chief enemies of Jesus, and He spoke much against them. 

God knows that we need leaders. We need good leaders: men 
who have had their hearts washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Men 
clothed with humility whose greatest desire is to do the will of the 
Father in Heaven. May God bless them and help them. 

But those leaders, without humility; there for the loaves and the 
fishes; there for the praise of men: it is they who turn the worldly 
away. It is they who make a bad name for all good Christians 
everywhere because of their indifferences to the souls of men. 
They are proud and haughty, most of all. They are without 
humility. May God see fit to protect us, His children, from the 
clutches of those who seek the praise of men and cheat the work of 
God. 

Lynn H. Miller 
RD#2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Church, the Called Out 
J. H. Moore 

The term "church" means the called out. It means those who 
have heard the call of Christ, as well as the call of his servants, to 
come out from the world and become the faithful followers of their 
Master. In employing the word, we make (in this work) no 
distinction between the church of Christ and the kingdom of God 
on earth. Those who are members of the kingdom of God, are 
members of the church of Christ, and to enter the church means to 
enter the kingdom. As Jesus said to Nicodemus: "Except a man be 
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of 
God." This is also true of entering the church. The new birth, as 
stated elsewhere, is the door into the church. 

The New Testament church was founded by Jesus Christ and is 
the only church he ever established. As a body, it was not formally 
organized at a certain place, on a particular day and hour, but came 
into existence as the Master gathered the converted around him. 
Some of these converts were made by the preaching of John the 
Baptist, and became attached to the body of Christ in the early part 
of his ministry. 

Referring to the church, in this instance, we do not mean a local 
congregation, with its allotted territory, officers and regulations. 
We refer to the general church, of which Jesus is the Head. The 
church in his, and was purchased by his own blood. To him all 
saints are directly related, and thereby become and constitute the 
body of Christ upon the earth. For convenience, and better 
methods of working, this body may be separated into local con- 
gregations, and these congregations may be classed into districts, 
and so forth. Still Jesus is Head over all, not of one special church, 
but of all the members, whether in local churches or out of them, 
for in the spreading of the Gospel among all nations there will 
occasionally be isolated converts not attached to any local 
congregation. The eunuch was a convert of this class. But when a 
congregation was formed in his vicinity, he, of course, was 
numbered with the saints at that place. 

SUPREME LEADER 

A flock of geese flying north 
Have one who leads their "band." 
We, too, have a Supreme Leader 
To guide us with His hand. 



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Just as God gives geese an instinct 
That tells them the right way, 
Christians have the Holy Spirit 
To lead them every day. 

We thank God for His only Son, 
Who sent the Spirit here, 
Revealing unto us His words 
And makes their meaning clear. 

And so we follow our Leader 
As geese high in the sky... 
Submit ourselves to do God's will, 
Then see Him by and by. 

Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 



OBITUARY 

JOHN WOLF 

Bro. John L. Wolf, formerly of Taneytown, Maryland died 
October 6, 1988 at the age of 99, at Hanover Hall Nursing Home 
where he had been a guest. 

Born in Carroll County, Maryland, he was the son of the late 
George and Maggie (Hostetter) Wolf. 

He is survived by his wife, Irene (Harner) Wolf, also of Hanover 
Hall and a number of nieces and nephews. 

A retired farmer and antique dealer, he was a member of the 
Walnut Grove Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Services were held at 2 P.M. Sunday, October 9, at Little's 
Funeral Home in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, with Elders Virgil 
Leatherman and Emmert Shelly officiating. Burial was in St. John's 
Lutheran Cemetery, Littlestown, Pennsylvania. 



NEWS ITEM 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address and telephone number of Elder James 
Kegerreis is: 220 Narrows Drive, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042. 
(717) 274-6619. 



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VOL. LXVI NOVEMBER 15, 1988 NO. 22 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH 

For the beauty of the earth, 
For the beauty of the skies, 
For the love which from our birth 
Over and around us lies. 

For the joy of human love, 
Brother, sister, parent, child, 
Friends on earth, and friends above; 
For all gentle thoughts and mild. 

For Thy Church, that evermore 
Lifteth holy hands above, 
Off ring up on ev'ry shore 
Its pure sacrifice of love. 

For Thyself, best gift divine, 
To our race so freely giv'n; 
For that great, great love of Thine, 
Peace on earth, and joy in heav'n. 

Christ our God, to Thee we raise 
This our hymn of grateful praise. 

- Folliott S. Pierpoint 



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BEHIND THE WORDS 

"Thank you" is very easy to say and is mannerly. A person who 
does not say "thank you" will soon be marked by society as an 
ungrateful and unmannerly person. It is expected that a favor will 
at least receive a word of thanks. If no thanks is given, a person is 
thought unappreciative. 

Since it is so easy to say "thank you", it may become an empty 
saying. The thankfulness behind "thank you" may be lost. True 
appreciation and thankfulness go much deeper than speaking two 
words. There must be a feeling of awe that another would be 
willing to give to us what we might not even desire, We should 
especially be thankful to God for all He has given us. His gifts to us 
include life, health and strength plus all other material blessings. It 
is impossible to comprehend all He has given us. For everything 
we could list, there are so many more that we can't write fast 
enough to list them all. 

Thankfulness is more than saying "thank you". The appreciation 
behind those words should motivate us to live in a way that shows 
that appreciation. Many times we have contact with those who 
seemingly do not appreciate what has been done for them. They 
seem neither to appreciate what they have received from other 
people or from God. 

Like "thank you", there are other words, easy to say T but to be 
true there must be much more feeling behind them. Another such 
word is "love." It is a short, easily spoken word. That word may 
convey alot of emotion or it may be lightly spoken and be berift of 
the expected feeling. An expression of love may become an 
excuse for physical pleasure without commitment. Love may 

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become a sentimental substitute for the love needed to deal with 
unpleasant situations. Love may be giving in to the desires of 
others. True love may sometimes be a tough love that is not afraid 
to discipline or correct when error is present. Love is necessary to 
make discipline helpful rather than harsh, but is still able to correct 
situations in the family or the Church. Love does not allow its 
recipients to do as they please for a price is demanded for doing 
what is wrong. That price may be eternal and greater than what the 
desired mis-adventure was worth. Love can be sweet surrender, 
when one is willing to submit to another and give up some 
possession or desire. Love seeks what is best for the other person, 
whether it be giving or withholding. Love is best personified by 
Jesus Christ who has given His life's blood to cleanse away our 
sins and has also established a strict lifestyle for our good. He has 
sought our best interest in giving eternal life to be accepted and in 
withholding from us the world's ways that would be harmful to our 
Spiritual and physical lives. 

Another word often misused is "faith." Faith is so important and 
foundational to our Christian life. Without belief in God and what 
His love has provided for us through Jesus Christ, there is no 
possibility that we can obtain eternal life or even a meaningful life 
in this world. Because faith is so important some have been 
mislead into thinking faith is all that is necessary to have a 
Christian life and to merit a Heavenly Home. Throughout the Bible, 
even as faith is established as necessary, the responsibility of a life 
fashioned by faith is also presented. Ail the great and godly men of 
the Bible were required to live out what they believed. Abraham 
had to offer Isaac, Moses had to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, 
David had to meet Goliath and even Jesus had to do His Father's 
Will. 

Faith is the foundation for it is laid upon the Rock but that faith is 
unknown and unshown if there are no corresponding works. The 
life of the Christian must demonstrate the inner faith. If the life is 
not consistent with the professed faith it will be in vain. 

"Thank you", "love" and "faith" are similar because they are 
common, easily spoken words. Behind each word is a need for 
something weightier than mere words. 

At this season of the year there is a need to say "thank you" but 
that "thank you" must be a verbal expression of a deeper appreci- 
ation. Certainly God has supplied very great things for our lives, 
not only materially but Spiritually. Our "faith" and our "love" for 
Him should make us truly thankful. We should be appreciative 
enough that we not only say "thank you" but we feel our "thank 
you." 

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Thanksgiving find you with thanksgiving not only on your lips but 
in your heart as well? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Poverty for Thanksgiving" 

We are living in a world that is experiencing severe devastation 
and as a result of these calamities, there is much starvation and 
heart ache. Yet, there is a much greater tragedy than these sad 
events. It is sick Christians in a dying world. 

I evaluate professional sports as merely show business. But, 
could it be that the church has become also just show business. 
The mighty Gospel of the Lord is many times communicated by 
extravagantly dressed singers or rock stars and they elaborately 
stage their production to catch the attention of the world. Many 
times they are simply attempting to hide the fact that the altar no 
longer has fire... that preaching has no power and the Holy Spirit is 
not in attendance. 

There is nothing we need more than praying people... full of 
thanksgiving and those who have experienced a personal Geth- 
semane and have travailed in the birth pangs of revival. We need 
people who wrestle against principalities and powers and who 
become scarred in the spiritual conflict against Satan in this world. 
There are too many spiritual non-combatants in both the pulpit and 
in the pews who are in no way a threat to the devil's powers. 

We need to feel our poverty in prayer. It is there that we fall 
before the living God and see His majesty. It is there that we see 
Him grieving over our sins and the sins of the world. We cannot 
leave our closets with great sweat on our soul and offer the world of 
rebellious people a feeble utterance of... "God loves you." He 
does... but we will also come out shouting that "God is angry with 
the wicked every day... (Psalms 7:11) and judgment is coming to 
those who will not stand firmly on His promises. Be thankful that 
you can enter your closet of prayer in poverty and come out with 
your eyes blazing because you have heard the word of the Lord in 
the place of the Most High. 

As we communicate about poverty here, we are obviously not 
talking about inactivity or complacency. We are talking of poverty 
of spirit and thanksgiving in our soul. We are talking about an 
understanding that a thankful and prayerful person is contrite in 
his spirit and humble in his attitude that he may take on the power 
of the Lord in His fullness. 

Prayer... does not demand any special dress. It does not demand 
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special training or scholarship. It never struts and never seeks 
applause, which is something the entertaining church of the day 
does not understand. It is probably most mighty when it is most 
quiet. 

Prayer defies definition, eludes explanation and grasps hold of 
eternity. It strengthens the weak and weakens the strong. It 
touches the power and the One of the world to come. And it 
"availeth much! (James 5:16) 

This Thanksgiving season... experience poverty of the soul and 
experience the power of God. Be thankful for your position and 
His. Be thankful that you can experience God's glory and majesty. 
Be thankful that you can have His will revealed to you and that you 
can dwell in His coming kingdom. 

Be thankful that you can be the shiny among the rust... a 
diamond among the dust. Be thankful for the deity and dwell on 
His sublime holiness. Praise Him for his matchless beauty and 
perfect judgment. Be humbled, in poverty, as you ring out in 
rapturous praises to the King... as you gaze on His face and sing 
"Amazing Grace." 

Don't allow yourself to get lost in your own eloquence of person- 
hood. Imagine yourself before God and think of your stammering 
there as you esteem His greatness. 

As you communicate with the Lord... how unflattering your 
social stance becomes. You drop to your knees as you shut the 
door of your mind to the world and allow no spectators to key into 
your communication. There are no windows there... it is just God 
and you. And, God demands our clean hands. We cannot have the 
grime of greed on them. We can't be grasping for illegal gain. Our 
desire is pure and our thanksgiving is honest and unaffected by our 
peers. Shallowness echoes through the halls of our mind and we 
hear our poverty. And it is here, thankfully, that we are lifted to 
heavenly places in Christ Jesus. It is here we envision our purpose, 
our passion, His pleading and His power. 

Have poverty for thanksgiving and be blessed! 

Brother Len Wertz 

FOUR STEPS UPWARD 

Because of the first man Adam's sin, all people are under the 
condemnation of death. "For as in Adam all die." I Cor. 15:22. 
"Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them 
that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, 
who is the figure of him that was to come." Romans 5:14. "There- 
fore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to 
condemnation;" Romans 5:18a. 



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Romans 5:19 states "For as by one man's disobedience many 
were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made 
righteous." 

Thus, by God's Word, we gather that all people NOT BORN 
AGAIN are living under condemnation. Man is absolutely helpless 
in trying to save himself. Sinful man is on the lowest rung of the 
ladder of salvation. Once he is aware of his lost condition, he can 
either chose to remain lost, or he can start climbing. 

To live under the plight of condemnation in this life, is living a life 
of futility. Not only for the present, but for all eternity. To live such 
a life is truly against God's will. God gave His Son on the cross of 
Calvary to redeem man from his sinful state. God and Christ have 
done their part. It is not God's will that anyone perish. 

There are three more rungs in this ladder. They are JUSTIFI- 
CATION, SANCTIFICATION and GLORIFICATION. 

It has been stated it is not hard to become lost. Just do nothing 
toward saving your soul. To save your soul, you must have faith, 
believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently 
seek Him. We must work out our soul's salvation with fear and 
trembling. The Apostle Paul gives us good admonition in II Tim. 
2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 

Paul tells us in Romans 3:10, "... There is none righteous, no, not 
one." Then, when we have no righteousness in us, wherein lieth 
our hope? Our hope starts with the next rung up, namely 
JUSTIFICATION. 

Justification is Christ's atoning at Calvary to free us from the 
blame and guilt of sin. II Cor. 5:21 states, "For he hath made him to 
be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the 
righteousness of God in him." Through Christ's righteousness, we 
are justified, that is, made free from guilt. When a sinner turns to 
God for salvation, through Jesus Christ, he has reasons to 
rejoice in the fact of his justification. The third rung up is 
SANCTIFICATION. 

The third rung up brings us to a higher plane of living and further 
away from the world, with all its beggarly elements, is SANCTIFI- 
CATION. 

Sanctification means to be set apart. Those who have been 
justified are set apart from the unsaved world. They are in the 
world, but not of the world. 

Jesus, in His high priestly prayer makes this very clear. In John 
17:15-17 Jesus prays for His followers thus, "I pray not that thou 
shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep 
them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of 
the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." 



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God's sanctified people are to be separate, distinct and peculiar. 
Peter describes sanctified people in I Peter 2:9, "But ye are a 
CHOSEN generation, a royal PRIESTHOOD, an HOLY NATION, a 
PECULIAR people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him 
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." He 
continues in verse 10, "Which in time past were not a people, but 
are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now 
have obtained mercy." 

The sanctified believer yields to the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. 
The doctrine of SANCTIFICATION definitely is taught in God's 
Word. 

Once we are set apart and continue therein we become an heir of 
God and a joint heir of Jesus Christ. It takes the applying of the 
Word of God which is TRUTH. When we accept Christ in faith 
believing and obey His Word and are dedicated to His service, and 
become as a chosen and peculiar people the Bible teaches we are 
SANCTIFIED. 

The fourth and last rung up the ladder is GLORIFICATION. This 
ladder takes us from earth to Heaven via Jesus Christ. GLORIFI- 
CATION is the culmination or highest point attainable. It is the 
ultimate hope of every true believer. That day of GLORIFICATION 
the mortal will put on immortality, the corruptible will put on incor- 
ruption, the believer will be instantly changed, in the twinkling of 
an eye. 

When we as clay, permitted the great POTTER to mold us to His 
liking He fashioned a vessel, in His likeness. The psalmist David 
brings us a comforting thought in Psalms 17:15, "As for me, I will 
behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, 
with thy likeness," 

I John 3:2 presents the state of GLORIFICATION thus, "Beloved, 
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we 
shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like 
him; for we shall see him as he is." 

Redeemed saints are those who strive, who keep climbing from 
the bottom to the top rung, climbing successfully from CONDEM- 
NATION, up to JUSTIFICATION, through SANCTIFICATION 
finally reaching GLORIFICATION. 

Brother Paul R. Myers, 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 

•• • # ••• 

Little things are like weeds, the longer we neglect them, the 
larger they grow. 



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A BIRTHRIGHT AND A BLESSING, OR 
A MESS OF POTTAGE 

All Bible readers are familiar with the story of Esau and Jacob, 
and how Esau bartered away his birthright with an oath. Even 
though they were twin brothers, Esau was the firstborn, perhaps by 
only a very short period of time. Yet that was enough to give Esau 
the preminence of a double share of inheritance from his father at 
life's end. Quite different from today when children are handed or 
permitted to have whatever they want when they want it, before 
they have proven that they are worthy, and so seldom become 
worthy. If they sinned repulsively against their father's wishes, he 
could annul the birthright and give it to the next in decent even as 
Jacob annulled Rueben's birthright privilege because of immor- 
ality, and Simeon's and Levi's because of violence, then gave it to 
his fourth son Judah. 

Esau had already lost his birthright blessing before the final 
distribution. Perhaps Isaac was not aware of Esau's careless give- 
a-way, but God knew and He saw to it that Esau would abide by his 
promise. Therefore there was enemity between the twin brothers. 

Many lessons can be learned from these two brothers. Esau 
would appear as a selfish, greedy, profane, careless, compulsive 
individual who harbored envy, hatred, jealousy, and murder in his 
heart. At times in his life he wanted to repent but somehow his old 
carnal nature was never completely given over to God and he was 
left with his old sins and his soul was probably lost in eternal 
flames. 

On the other hand Jacob was shrewd and conniving untii he met 
the angel when he had a consuming desire to become acquainted 
with God more thoroughly and wrestled with the angel until he 
obtained the blessing. If our honest desire is to follow the Lord He 
will give us the opportunity and help that we need. But like Jacob 
the trial or trials may be long and painful. But if we hold on and 
endure to the end we shall receive the blessing, and in the end 
eternal life. 

I believe every person who has ever come to the years of 
accountability can be classed in either the Esau or Jacob class. 
Esau's decendents have been many times more numerous than 
Jacob's, and so are the lost who have flippiantly sold their God- 
given birthright for a mess (mind you a one dish meal) of that red 
that red pottage (original Greek repeats "that red"). Only one 
mess, but what a loss, he could never recover the blessing. 

Another sad mistake was his marriage to heathen women, who, 
no doubt drew him further from God. An ungodly marriage partner 
creates manifold temptations and departures from God in their 



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lives and the lives of their posterity. The Apostle Paul tells us to 
marry only in the Lord. Flippy young people, or older ones either, 
do not make dependable life mates. 

Bad and ungodly company induce well intentioned friends to 
partake of evil. We are living in the time of the end when Satan is 
putting forth his greatest effort to lure, deceive, satisfy the carnal 
minded, through pride, sex, drugs, greed, lasciviousness, envy, 
jealousy, spite, hatred, murder, crime of all sorts, discouragement, 
loneliness, false accusations and so forth. As a child of the King of 
kings we should always be alert that "whether we eat or drink or 
whatsoever we do, do all to the glory of God." Just one mess of 
pottage from Satan's stew may start us on the downward road that 
we might never retrace. Be assured that the farther we travel that 
way the farther we have to come back and the more difficult it is to 
come back. I think of the poem "The Church and the World." 

Remember, too, that any satisfaction, if any, we get from the 
mess of Satan's stew is the best he has, or ever will have, to offer us. 
He is a liar and a deceiver, he knows what he is doing, he believes 
and trembles, but because he did not make use of his opportunity 
when God gave it to him, he lost all without any right to pardon. We 
should be thankful we still have the pardon blessing and make use 
of the opportunity to inherit eternal life. As the old saying goes 
"Misery loves company" so Satan wants all the company he can 
possibly get. Together with his hatred for Christ and his greed for 
power he is throwing out bait of every description to lure the 
unlearned and uncaring into a never ending eternity of fire and 
brimstone that God prepared for the disobedient Lucifer and his 
fallen angel followers. For them there is no promise except the 
regions of the damned, the lake of fire and brimstone. 

For many years the writer has watched the one-time faithful 
people of God diminish, parents and grandparents slowly fall away 
until there is little concern for their children's future until we can 
identify with Christ when He said "When I come will I find faith on 
the earth?" But there is help available. Christ said "I am the way, 
the truth and the life." Will we awake and cry to Him? The day is 
far spent and the night is at hand. 

AWAKE! AWAKE! 

Submitted in love, 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

Today so many parents seem to know where everything is, but 
do they really know where their sons and daughters are? 



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SOBERING THOUGHTS ON HUMOR 

Proverbs 15:13 "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: 
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." 

Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like medicine: but a 
broken spirit drieth the bones." 

James 5:13 "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any 
merry? let him sing psalms." 

Ephesians 5:3-4 "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covet- 
ousness, let it not once be named among you, as becometh saints; 
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not 
convenient: but rather giving of thanks." 

The subject we wish to think upon is quite controversial. We 
hold in respect those who will disagree with our opinions and 
conclusions that we wish to share. We pray that the Holy Spirit will 
lead our thinking but admit to being finite and subject to error. 

While we cannot look to the Old Testament for guidance, we 
have found the first two of our opening verses to be true in our life. 
When we have felt discouraged or weary with the trials of life a 
good laugh has often lifted our spirits. We, personally, find it a joy 
to be around those who have a good sense of humor. 

While our verse from the book of James does not address the 
subject of humor directly, it does leave room for a merry heart. 
While good humor can be a source of release when we are uptight, 
perhaps this verse suggests something even better. Perhaps we 
should spend more time singing together. While this verse 
suggests singing psalms, and perhaps we should go back to doing 
that in our worship services from time to time, we believe God is 
pleased when we lift our voices in good spiritual songs. 

Our final two verses from Ephesians brings us to the heart of our 
thought. Within the earthly church today we find everything from 
actual stand up "christian" comedians to preachers in the pulpit 
that feel that they must keep their audience laughing. We will allow 
God to judge the first catagory but we have an increasing feeling of 
uneasiness about listening to a professional "christian" comedian. 
While we do not object to a joke or two during a sermon, we are 
also uneasy about preachers who tell more jokes than preach the 
word. We have found that you can preach as hard as you want to 
against sin and for righteous living as long as you make individuals 
laugh during most of the sermon. It seems as if the whole sermon 
becomes one big joke in the mind of most individuals. While we 
confess to ENJOYING such sermons due to our flesh, deep within 
our spirit we feel that this should not be. 

Are the verses in Ephesians saying that a Christian should never 
tell a joke or make a humorous remark? If the word "jesting" is 



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taken by itself it would seem to be teaching this. But we believe 
that taken within the context of our two verses this is not neces- 
sarily so. Rather we believe that Paul is expressing the fact that we 
should be careful what form our humor takes. It would seem as if 
there may be some connection between our lifestyle and the humor 
we enjoy. 

Paul names three things, fornication, all uncleanness and 
covetousness as things to avoid. Many times a young person is led 
into sexual sins by first sharing "dirty jokes." We wonder if perhaps 
the same may be true of older individuals sharing suggestive or 
double meaning jokes when in mixed company? The jokes that we 
hear on the radio or read in "clean" joke books are often of a 
suggestive nature. Just because vile language is not used does not 
make a joke acceptable for sharing. While covetousness does not 
seem to fit into our thoughts, we wonder if we cannot cover our 
coveting something someone else has by making a joke about it? 

We have covered Paul's warning about filthiness, but foolish 
talking is harder to deal with. Is it right to tell a lie in jest? We are 
pretty well convinced that a Christian should not do so. But we find 
ourselves doing it again and again! Of course, we excuse ourselves 
by saying that the other individual knows that we are just kidding. 
As a matter of fact all jokes are a lie to some degree, unless they 
actually happen to someone. But we feel it is especially out of 
place when a joke is told using an individual's name when it is 
almost certain that the individual never was a part of what is 
expressed. 

We feel very strongly that a Christian should avoid jokes that 
ridicule those of a different color or national origin than the 
individual telling the joke. We feel even more strongly about jokes 
that make light of Holy things. Some have portrayed Jesus Christ 
as a clown. This and similar humor is always out of place. 

Spontaneous humor is usually the most uplifting. While we must 
be careful not to embarrass anyone, we should be willing to laugh 
at our mistakes. We also believe that there is a correct time and 
place for humor. Perhaps we should spend more time in giving 
thanks after a church service than in humorous conversation. 

We do not believe the Bible is a book of humor, as some modern 
teachers are suggesting. Rather it is a very serious book that 
determines our eternal destiny. Heaven and Hell are not humorous 
subjects although many tend to make jokes concerning them. If 
you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, 
please do not dismiss it as a big joke. There will be no laughter in 
Hell. We do not know if there will be laughter in Heaven or not but 
there will be real joy. 



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Let each of us search our hearts and desires to be true to our 
Lord and His Holy Word. Let us desire that the world will not mold 
our thinking and condition us to enjoy unholy humor. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1928 

HOW CAN EACH ONE OF US HELP TO 

MAKE THE CHURCH BETTER? 

H. A. Throne 

Let us all ask ourselves the question, are we doing what we can 
to help make the church better? Also to encourage the good 
cause? Are we at our post at each church service, or do we 
imagine we are not feeling well enough and miss the church 
service? But Monday morning we are able to be about our secular 
affairs. Also, are we all doing our duty in trying to keep the church 
as pure as possible? For the best we can do, we will come short 
enough. Can we make the church better by permitting our 
members to go to questionable places such as picture shows, 
ballgames, and country fairs, where there is horse racing and a 
number of other gambling games? No, verily, we cannot make the 
church better by this kind of conduct. What a pity there are those 
called church members today who aren't willing to make a little 
sacrifice for the Savior. Then some will say, as the question often 
arises of the neckties for the brethren, it is so small a matter, why 
not be willing to make the small sacrifice rather than to offend your 
brother. This certainly would be pleasing to your Savior. Also, 
when so small a matter, we should be ever willing to be submissive 
if we have the love of God in our hearts. As we know what the Bible 
says about offending our brother. Now, this is Bible. Will we turn it 
down? Now, for the good of our fraternity, will say the writer has 
been in business for nearly thirty years and dealt with lawyers, 
doctors, and the most popular people in cities and towns for miles 
around and never needed to wear a necktie to deal with this class of 
people. Some would ask me if I wasn't a Dunkard. And I wonder 
why they thought so. They would say because you never see a 
Dunkard with a necktie on. I wonder if we could say this today? 
Now, this was evidence to me that it is far better to stay close to our 
profession rather than to dodge it. As if we don't watch the small 
things, how long will it be till we are swallowed up by the world and 



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go where hope is a stranger and mercy cannot reach us. How sad it 
makes us feel to know how many of the strong leaders of the 
Church of the Brethren that at one time defended the faith of the 
conservative brethren, or in other words Dunkard faith, so strictly, 
and now are willing to drift with the world, and are trying in every 
way to crush the Dunkard brethren's movement and misrepresent 
in order to block their way. They have said things about some of 
our leaders that was untrue. So one of these leaders has asked 
them to come and go with them and they would prove to them that 
it was a false report. Now there wasn't one that was brotherly 
enough to do this. What will be the answer on the resurrection 
morn for this kind of work? It is easily to be seen they don't care for 
the faith they at one time so strongly taught, and still they will say 
they are standing on the same old platform they always did. And 
will permit bobbed hair and immodest dress, picture shows, ball- 
games and secret orders and what not. Then represent they are the 
old church with all their fashion and pride. What will become of 
these leaders at the day of reckoning with their misrepresentation? 
They will know the Dunkard Church never held forth this kind of 
doctrine and never would permit fashion and pride in the church. I 
wonder if there isn't danger of sinning against the Holy Ghost after 
one time teaching the plain gospel truths and then turning away 
from it and in every way trying to hinder those who are wishing to 
live up to their baptismal vow and are taking the stand with the 
Dunkard Brethren, which is just what Conference stood for a few 
years ago. I wonder if it wouldn't be far better for this liberal 
element to say they have changed their minds and don't look at the 
Bible as they once did, as to represent they are the old church 
when they well know the old church tried to have some govern- 
ment, and never admitted fashion and pride in the church. 

I wonder if the angels aren't weeping over this misrepresentation, 
and Satan rejoicing? No wonder the good book says, Straight is 
the gate, and narrow is the way, and few there be that find it. Also, 
II Thessalonians, the 3rd verse says, Let no man deceive you by 
any means, for that day shall not come except there come a falling 
away first. 

Now, I would like to ask a question. Who will be on the safest 
side at the day of judgment, the church and her leaders that will 
admit worldliness, pride and fashion in the church in order to get 
more members in the church, or the church and her leaders that 
will not permit this evil in the church as much as possible? Please 
answer this for yourselves. 

I wonder if my good parents with other parents were to return 
here at the home church who have been gone to their long home so 
many years would say if they were to return there to see the 



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change, whether they would say, You have kept house well and by 
the appearance of things your leaders are vetfy faithful, or would 
they say for their unfaithfulness should be driven out like the Savior 
did when he drove them out of the Temple for their unfaithfulness. 
It appears to me that if the Dunkard Brethren are wrong and the 
liberal element is right with all of this worldliness and fashion in the 
church, all of these good old forefathers and mothers are lost. Oh, 
what can we do to have these liberal leaders to see different and 
stop in their wild career before it is too late? As Satan is surely 
blinding their eyes and will have them trapped before they are 
aware. II Timothy, 3rd chapter, 12th verse, says: "Yea, and all that 
will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Therefore 
let us all pray for those who are drifting off so rapidly, that they may 
see the error of their ways. Please read the whole chapter of II 
Timothy and 3rd chapter. Please read and consider it well. 

Now, for the good of those who are in our fraternity, and the 
many dear friends who are still holding to the Church of the 
Brethren, which side would you rather be on at the trying hour of 
death? Also at the day of judgment? The church and her leaders 
that are putting all efforts forth to keep worldliness out of the 
church, or the church that will permit all this kind of worldliness. 

At one place the Bible says: Straight is the gate and narrow is the 
way, and few there be that find it. Now, dear reader, don't you think 
this narrow way will be too narrow for bobbed hair, immodest 
dress, picture shows and county fairs where the horse racing and a 
number of gambling games are practiced? 

I wonder what will become of those supposedly educated men 
that will make a statement like this: 'That anyone that does not 
enjoy a movie is sick." How this makes many ones heart ache. 
Education should get one closer to the Bible than farther away. 

Also, to think of the money that was spent to help those colleges 
in order to educate men so they could go out to teach more plainly 
the Bible truths. Instead of this they are tearing down what they so 
strongly taught and laying aside so many of the plain gospel truths 
and drifting worldwide in fashion and pride, which has caused 
another division. These men that solicited us, we feel as if they 
deceived us. They well know where part of us stood, and that we 
had no money to help colleges unless they would stand for the 
plain gospel truths. Would like to ask the question, weren't we 
deceived after we were well solicited and the amount raised for a 
standard college? Then no longer could they hold the rein. The 
bars were left down, and because the Dunkard Brethren are just 
standing to what they promised at the baptismal vow and nothing 
more. Now then, after so many have been liberal with their means 
to help these colleges, also build churches. Because they will not 



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follow them In this fashion and pride they are placing heavy 
burdens on them, will not share up with the church property where 
the Dunkard Brethren paid as much for the building as the other 
side did, and still doesn't have any share or part in this church 
property. If we were trying to teach something different than what 
our church did ten or fifteen years ago, we would think different. 
No wonder the good book says if it wasn't for the shortening of the 
days the very elect would be deceived. Therefore may we pray for 
those that one time was willing to make a little sacrifice for the 
Savior and now are being deceived and apparently are willing to be 
led away from the plain Bible truths. May they see their mistake 
before it is too late, as the Bible positively says that we must come 
out from the world and be a separate people, also a peculiar 
people. 

Therefore, we cannot allow this pride and fashion in the church if 
we ever expect to walk on that narrow way and be permitted to 
enter that heavenly home. 



CONCENTRATE 

Fill your life with love and living; 
Live the way God wants you to. 
When you concentrate on giving, 
There's not too much that you can't do. 

Think about the soul God gave you, 
And think about other souls, too. 
Then concentrate on God's goodness 
And see what work God has for you. 

If you obey all His commands, 
And if you will His precepts keep, 
Along with saints of many lands, 
You will be gathered with His sheep. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 1988 

December 4 - Jacob Blesses Joseph's Sons - Genesis 48:1-22. 

1. Why was Joseph's second son blessed above the first born? 

2. Why was the blessing passed in the son's names instead of 
Joseph's? v. 5. 

December 11 - Jacob Prophesies - Genesis 49:1-33. 

1. Are we planning ahead for the "passing of the spiritual torch" 
to our children? 

2. How can we picture a promising future for our children? 

December 18- Jacob's Burial; His Sons Remain in Egypt- Genesis 
50:1-25. 

1 . How can we show respect to our parents after they have died? 

2. Notice Joseph's example of forgiveness! v. 19. 
December 25 -THE BIRTH OF CHRIST - Luke 2:1-39. 

1. What is the significance of Christ's lowly birth? 

2. Have we presented our children to the Lord? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 1988 

December 4 - Our Center of Life - John 4:21-26, Acts 17:22-31, 
Acts 24:14-16, II Cor. 3:17-18. 

1. What does our life revolve around? 

2. Who should be the center of our life? 
December 11 - Relationship with God - Romans 8:1-39. 

1. How do we "dwell in Christ?" 

2. All things work together for good for whom? v. 28. 

December 18 - Second Coming of Christ - Matt. 24:29-30, I Thess. 
4:14-18, I Thess. 5:1-6, II Thess. 2:1-17. 

1. How do we prepare for Christ's return? I John 3:3 

2. What are we to do while we wait? Luke 19:13. 

December 25 - Christmas Story - Matt. 1:18-25, Matt. 2:1-11, 
Luke 2:8-16. 

1 . What gift does Christ want from us? 

2. Never forget - "Wise men still seek the Son of God!" 
Pro. 23:26. 



Paul Stump 

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Union, OH 45323 



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VOL. LXVI DECEMBER 1, 1988 NO. 23 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WILL JESUS FIND US WATCHING? 

When Jesus comes to reward His servants, 
Whether it be noon or night, 
Faithful to Him, will He find us watching, 
With our lamps all trimmed and bright? 

If at the dawn of the early morning, 
He shall call us one by one, 
When to the Lord we restore our talents, 
Will He answer Thee — Well done? 

Have we been true to the trust He left us? 
Do we seek to do our best? 
If in our hearts there is naught condemns us, 
We shall have a glorious rest. 

Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching, 

In His glory they shall share; 

If He shall come at the dawn or midnight, 

Will He find us watching there? 

- Fanny J. Crosby 



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WATCH 

"What time is it?" 

"I don't know, but I'll check my watch." 

"Who goes there?" 

"It is I, but who are you?" 

"I am the watchman, who guards the town." 

"When do you expect the load to arrive?" 

"I don't know exactly when, but I'll watch until it comes, no 
matter how early or late." 

These simple conversations illustrate the various ideas conveyed 
by the word, "watch." We pull out our watch to see what time it is. 
Those who guard a city are watchmen. The event that may happen 
at any time demands watchfulness by those who expect it. 
Watching implies time, danger and arrival. 

Jesus commanded His disciples to be watchful. He combined 
watchfulness with prayerfulness. He established a duty which 
included the Spiritual activity of prayer and the physical activity of 
watching. Watchfulness without prayer may become critical, 
looking only for error or differences. Prayer without watchfulness 
becomes a Spiritual activity unrelated to reality. There must be a 
combination in order to have the balance pleasing to the Lord. 

Watchfulness is necessary for our individual and group's Spiritual 
growth. As members of the body of Christ we need to be aware not 
only of our own individual well being but also that of the whole 
body. 

The times and seasons are in God's hands; we need to be 
watchful so we are not ignorant of what time it is. Just as we look at 

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our watch to tell the time, so we must watch events around us to tell 
us what time it is Spiritually. When God created the world and 
man, He expected all would transpire according to His will. But 
Adam and Eve did not long continue in His will. Since their fall the 
world has been on a downward course. Because of the world's 
poor Spiritual condition God sent His Son as the Redeemer. He 
offered redemption and a few availed themselves of it. As time has 
continued and men have become more self-centered and less 
dependent upon God, Spiritual conditions have worsened. These 
conditions point to the time in the world's existence, just as the 
watch tells the time of the day. 

Knowing that the world is quickly coming to its end, we should 
be watchful not only of the signs of its end but also concerning the 
events of daily living. We need to guard against being ensnared in 
the follies of the world's sins. There is a need to watch just like the 
watchman at the city gate. His job was to be alert. He was 
accountable for the grief that would come to his city if he did not do 
his job. Spiritually there is a need for watchfulness. Satan has 
many schemes for diverting individual Christians and whole 
churches from the strait and narrow way. Satan seldom attacks 
openly but more subtlely. When his attack was open, the danger 
could be easier seen, but now it is harder to discern his schemes. 

Watching is often accompanied by waiting. We do not always 
know the exact time an event will happen. When we expect loved 
ones, we may know the day but wait nervously for the hour of 
arrival. The waiting may be tedious but it will be worthwhile. 

The Lord's return has been expected for a long time. Even in the 
early decades of the Church's existence He was expected. The 
wait has been long. That waiting dares not become inactivity. It 
must be Spiritual activity with watchfulness. Watching implies an 
awareness of dangers present and an anticipation of something 
better. The Christians must be prepared for the Lord's return or the 
hour of death whichever may be his release from this life. 

Watching is very important in the Christian life. Jesus com- 
manded it many times, along with patient waiting and prayer- 
fulness. The Christian needs to be aware not only of the glories 
awaiting him but also of the dangers along the way that might keep 
him from enjoying what the Lord desires for him. 

Are you waiting? Are you praying? Are you watching? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Intercessory Prayer 

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, but not only the year. 
The end of this age is also drawing quickly to a conclusion and it is 



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time that we expend more energy in praying for each other and for 
those who are unsaved. The church today has many praying men, 
but few men in prayer! 

Possibly the greatest privilege offered to man is the opportunity 
to reach up to God in prayer. We need to do it with great vigor. 
How many times have we given prayer the leftovers of our time or 
waited until there was no other way out? Prayer too often becomes 
mechanical and we attempt to perform it by formula. 

Isaiah teaches us, "He bare the sin of many, and made INTER- 
CESSION for the transgressors." (53:12) Intercession is the 
outpouring of the soul to God on the behalf of the needs of others. 
Without this outpouring we will never experience a great revival in 
the church. We must live very close to the heart of God. We must 
have an intimacy with Jesus that peoples of other times have not 
known. And, as intercessors, we have a foreknowledge of what is 
the will of the Lord. We have His doctrines and teachings at our 
fingertips. We know that it is His will that all men be saved. But is 
His will our will? Do we really care that all men are saved or is it 
easy at times just to let them die in sin and not feel concerned or 
guilty about it? Lets face it Brothers and Sisters.., we are either 
going to have a revival or we are going to experience a funeral in 
thB church. It is up to us and our dedication to the cause of Christ. 
We must rid ourselves of lethargy and cry out with tearful concern 
about the needs of the church and of others. "The Lord's hand is 
not shortened, that it cannot save..." We can look forward to great 
things from Him, even in this calamitous hour. Isaiah spoke in a 
climate similar to the one we live in today. One wonders what the 
holy Creator thinks of the complex, powerless, heavily-financed, 
computerized system that we tend to call the "church" today. 
Notice that I didn't say world! As the church takes on more of the 
character of the world, it is getting more and more difficult to 
differentiate between the two. 

Truly, intercessors are a rare breed in the 80's. These are people 
who not only have God first in their lives... but it is GOD ONLY in 
their lives. They live, move and have their being in the Lord. They 
"love the Lord with all of their soul, with all of their might, and their 
neighbor as themselves..." and that is why they ARE intercessors. 
And I am not talking about the person who prays a half hour every 
Friday morning at a prayer breakfast. That might well be an 
uplifting and profitable experience but that is not the real spirit of 
intercession. 

Abraham was to talk BEFORE God. The Children of Israel were 
told to walk AFTER Him. Enoch and Noah walked WITH God. But 
we who are members of His blessed Body, the Church, have an 
even closer walk. We are admonished to walk IN Him. (Col. 2:6) In 



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fact, the more committed to Him we become, we find that we walk 
before Him as children; we walk after Him as servants; we walk with 
Him as friends; and we walk in Him as members of the Body. As we 
have this super-close relationship, as an intercessor, our intimacy 
with God is great. When He is hurting, we hurt. Because we are 
filled with the Spirit, what grieves the Holy Spirit also grieves our 
spirit. The intercessor has pains to which other believers are really 
strangers. We become selfless. We become impervious to social 
pressure. Our judgments are not according to popular opinion, but 
are based on the pressures of the Spirit within us. Our spiritual 
pulse never slackens and our zeal for God can't be tempered. Our 
compassion knows no variation and we are God-appointed, God- 
supported and God-enlightened. Now, are we talking about a 
"super-Christian" here? Are we talking about a radical or a 
fanatic? I have a feeling that many of us would think so. May God 
forgive us. Our ultimate feeling should be that the intercessor 
never loses sight of the fact that men are "by nature the children of 
wrath" and that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against 
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men." (Eph. 1:18) Because 
he is confident of God's justice, the intercessor holds on until he 
sees God working His holy work... and men responding to the voice 
of the Master. 

There are burdens out in the vineyard to be lifted and barriers to 
be removed. Won't you take up the challenge to an intercessor's 
kind of commitment? There is wickedness in high places, and ruin 
among people. Many have to be recruited to this work today. Will 
it be you? Will you take hold of the vision and see the ray of hope? 
Will you be inspired and touched in such a way that you will heed 
the Lord's purpose and will for a greater dedication of your life? 
Let 1988 be your "turn-around" year and let your spirit soar to the 
Lord in intercession. 

Brother Len Wertz 



THANKSGIVING 

1. 
Thanksgiving is a special day 

It comes but once a year, 
Families get together then 

Bringing each other cheer. 

2. 

The Pilgrims left their home-land 
And in crossing the briny deep, 



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Many of the original party 
In death, had fallen asleep. 

3. 
Those who made it safely across 

Winter was very hard, and then — 
In the spring they cleared some land 

Where they planted their first garden. 

4. 
That Fall, they had a meager crop 

It provided a skimpy living, 
Nevertheless they thanked the Lord 

Establishing the first THANKSGIVING. 

5. 
Today, too many people fail to pray 

To thank the Lord for their food, 
They eat 'til they're over-stuffed 

Then tell the cook it was good. 

6. 
To those who are not thankful 

To God for the bountiful food, 
I'll give you Christ's example 

When He fed the multitude. 

7. 
He told the people to sit down 

He took seven loaves and fish, 
He then gave THANKS to God above 

Fulfilling His only wish -- 

8. 
That the people be not hungry 
Mark 86 When He sent them on their way, 

Seven baskets of food were left over 
After four thousand were fed that day. 

9. 

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10. 
Paul tells us in Ephesians 
Enh 5-20 In chapter five, verse twenty, 

Give thanks to God for all things 
For when He gives, He gives a plenty. 



Mark 8:6... 



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11. 
We put the seed into the ground 

He gives early and latter rains, 
When the time comes to harvest 

We gather in the ripened grains. 

12. 
We're commanded to thank the Lord 
Psalms 106:1... For He is ver 7> very good, 
His mercy endureth forever 
It is only reasonable we should. 

13. 
So on this THANKSGIVING day 

When you're about to eat your fill, 
Don't forget to THANK the Lord 

That's in harmony with His will. 

14. 

If we live the life we should 
Though we meet with toil and strife, 

He will always keep His promise 
Granting us Eternal Life. 

- Elder Paul R. Myers 

THE FAMILY OF FAITH 

I Peter 1:22 "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see 
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." 

I Peter 3:8 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one 
of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:" 

An article in another publication has caused us to think on the 
subject of the family of faith. We see this issue as a very complex 
one with no easy answers. However, we believe the Word of God 
gives us some guidelines we can go by. 

The article we mentioned had to do with the issues of peace and 
salvation. The major concern was that some opposed supporting 
those who would allow for Christians being involved in the military 
but had a good understanding of salvation, while giving support to 
those who held a peace position but lacked a true understanding of 
salvation. We can relate to this concern. We, too, feel more 
comfortable with those who would be labeled "fundamentalist" 
than those labeled "liberal" who hold to political pacifism How- 
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Our first verse, I Peter 1:22, tells us that we have purified our 
souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit. We have to ask the 
question, "Do those of the "fundamentalist" persuasion believe in 
salvation the same way we do?" While we would agree that 
salvation is a free gift from God through the shed blood of Jesus 
Christ, we do not agree on what salvation is in the life of a believer! 
The "fundamentalist" sees salvation as a once done experience 
that guarantees eternal life. They do not believe that we must 
purify our souls by obeying the truth. Some teach that obedience 
has nothing at all to do with the Christian life and that "Lordship 
salvation" is a false teaching. The rest teach that not obeying will 
merely cause you to lose rewards in Heaven. This is not the 
historic anabaptist teaching on salvation but the result of Cal- 
vanistic error. 

Our second verse, I Peter 3:8, instructs us, "be ye all of one 
mind." Here is where the problem of who is truly a part of the 
family of faith comes in. If this was all that was said in this verse we 
could be more dogmatic and state that those who do not follow the 
teachings of scripture cannot be a part of the family of faith. We 
would not be misunderstood at this point. We would not guarantee 
anyone who chooses to ignore such teachings as modesty in dress, 
the wearing of the prayer veil, or Biblical nonresistance a home in 
Heaven. However, on the other hand, we, personally, do not 
believe we can "play God" and dogmatically state that such will not 
have a home in Heaven if they are truly born again. The rest of this 
verse leads us to this possibility. 

Peter says, "having compassion one of another." Compassion is 
a very deep feeling. It goes beyond the worldly "caring for one 
another." We believe only a truly born again believer can have true 
compassion. We recently read an article by a Lutheran individual 
whose wife was in a very serious automobile accident. His state- 
ment of his love for Christ and assurance of Christ's love through it 
all made us feel a deep compassion for this individual. Although 
his wife was seriously injured and in a coma he did not lose faith 
that God still had His hand on her through it all. It takes more than 
"plain dress" to have a faith like this. We feel a brotherly 
compassion towards such. But, again we hasten to say that we 
cannot guarantee him eternal life if he chooses to disregard 
scripture. 

Peter goes on to say we are to "love as brethren." This should 
make us "Brethren" stand up and take notice. We are sick at heart 
at the lack of love we see among many of the "plain people." While 
we do not believe we can compromise on one issue of faith, we can 
still love if we disagree. 

Next he states that we are to "be pitiful." While many within the 



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earthly church pity us because of our "legalistic" life, we should 
pity them for missing out on the joys of serving Christ with all the 
heart, soul and mind (along with the body). They have to reach out 
to worldly amusements and styles of the world to find pleasure. If 
God allows them into the glories of Heaven they will still miss out 
on the blessing of an obedient life on earth. We should also pity 
them because they may give all of their life to "serving Christ" and 
still lose their eternal reward (Heaven) because of disobedience. 

Lastly, Peter says we are to "be courteous." Too many Christians 
walk around with "a chip on their shoulder." We can give a smile 
and a hearty handshake even if we do disagree on doctrine. 
Perhaps one of the reasons the "plain life" has been forsaken is 
because of a poor attitude on the part of those who follow this 
scriptural lifestyle. 

God will be the final judge of who is in the family of faith. How- 
ever, we believe it is dangerous to follow too closely (and worse 
yet, to use in a worship situation) those who deny the truths of our 
anabaptist faith. May each of us desire to follow Christ and the 
Holy Scriptures. 

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ and been baptized we 
urge you to consider the need of doing this before it is eternally too 
late. This is how you enter into the family of faith. The blood of 
Jesus Christ will cleanse you from all sin. From there you have a 
need to purify your soul by obeying the truth through (the leading) 
of the (Holy) Spirit, as you read and study God's Holy Word, the 
Bible. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 1, 1928 

THE GOSPEL NET 

G. W. Reitz 

"Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net that was cast into 
the sea, and gathered of every kind, which, when it was full, they 
drew to shore and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but 
cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world. The 
angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just, 
and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing 
and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 13:47-50. 

Several of our Lord's disciples were fisherman. Much of his 
ministry was passed by the Sea of Gallilee. We find him on various 
occasions making use of a fishing boat for crossing that inland sea 



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or lake, and once at least he preached from one. Such a scene as 
that described in the parable might be seen there any day, and may 
be still, for fishermen still ply their business on those waters. Their 
boats still cross from side to side. Their nets are still let down for a 
draught, and at other times may be seen spread on the rocks. A net 
must of necessity gather of every kind, the bad as well as the good, 
the worthless as well as the useful. The separation takes place 
afterwards. Then the bad are cast away and the good are kept. 
This is done now wherever net fishing is practiced, just as it was 
done of old. There are few crafts which have changed less than 
that of the fisherman. This parable, therefore, in its story part, is a 
very plain one, and as plain to us as it was to those who first heard 
it. Our Lord has made the spiritual meaning equally clear. He 
himself explained it. First he gives us to understand that the 
parable is meant to represent the kingdom of heaven, that is the 
visible church of Christ, or God's government on earth under the 
gospel. In other words, what fishermen do in gathering all kinds of 
fish into their net, and then separating the bad from the good, is 
like what Almighty God is doing now, and will do hereafter with 
regard to men. The visible church embraces people of every kind. 
As the net gathers every kind, so does the gospel. True believers 
and mere professors, spiritual Christians and heartless formalists, 
the careless and the thoughtless, the undecided, the hypocrite, the 
deceiver of others and of himself. All these may be found within 
the visible church, the general body of those who call themselves 
Christians. How great a difference there may be even among the 
members of one congregation. They sit side by side, they unite in 
the same prayer, they hear the same preaching, yet how vast a 
difference there may be among them in the sight of God. He sees 
the hearts of all, and it is by the heart that he judges. Man himself 
would separate between the thief, the swearer, the drunkard, the 
Sabbath breakers on the one hand, and the man of consistent, 
Godly life on the other. God sees farther than man, and much that 
is respectable in the eyes of men is not approved by him. Without 
faith it is impossible to please God. Only he who is of a penitent 
and contrite heart, and rests his hope on his Saviour and seeks to 
serve and glorify him, is accepted and approved by God. But this 
mixture is only for a time. When the net was full, it was drawn to 
shore, and the separation was made. When the gospel shall be full, 
that is, when God shall see fit to put an end to the present state of 
things, then likewise a separation will be made. 

The fishermen would not suffer the bad fish to be among the 
good. None but the good shall be put into the vessels. The rest 
must be thrown away as useless, and worse than useless. In like 
manner, when the great separation shall come, God, by his angels, 
will sever the wicked from among the just. They must stay where 



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they are no longer. The hypocrite, the formalist, the careless, the 
profane, the undecided, may no longer be with the true servants of 
God. They must now be parted, parted forever. The righteous will 
go to their place, the place which was purchased for them by their 
Redeemer's blood, and which he himself went before to prepare for 
them, and the wicked must go to theirs. They cannot escape now, 
for they despised the day of grace, and the day of grace is past. 
They must be cast into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing 
and gnashing of teeth. But this is for the wicked. Some may say, 
must all who are not cleansed among the righteous be placed with 
the wicked? Even so. There is no place between the abode of the 
righteous and the wicked. In the sight of God there is no character 
between these two. All the fish gathered into the net were either 
good or bad; all were either put into vessels, or thrown away; there 
was no middle sort not good enough to be thrown away. So every 
soul will be placed either among the righteous or among the 
wicked. The angels will have none but the just among the just. 
There will be no confusion or mistake in that division. Every one 
whose name is not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the 
lake of fire. There is no middle class, no middle place. How 
solemnly does this parable speak to all. How it should lead us to 
deep searchings of heart, for we are all concerned here. We are all 
not gathered into the gospel net, and we shall all have a part in that 
separation. None will be mere lookers-on. Where shall we be 
placed then? Shall we be numbered among the just? Are we so 
now? Does the all-seeing eye behold us this very day as true 
children of God, real believers, Christians in heart as well as in 
name? Oh, if not, let this parable be as a quickening, an awakening 
voice from God himself. Let there be no self-deception, no stifling 
of conscience, no vain and unscriptural hope that things may not, 
after all, be as they are represented they will be. Nothing can alter 
the word of God. The only wisdom, the only safety, is now to seek 
Jesus with all the heart, and thus to make sure of being found in 
him at last. 

Many are called, but few are chosen, as we notice and see 
around us. Christian professors, yes. Church members, lovers of 
their own selves, covetous boasters, proud, unthankful, unholy, not 
giving thanks to their Heavenly Father for what he gives them to 
eat. Without natural affection, not having a form of Godliness; 
some having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof. 
From such turn away. (Pet. 3-5) Ever learning and never able to 
come to the knowledge of the truth. Brethren, I hope we have none 
in the Dunkard Brethren Church that are so unthankful, unholy. Let 
us be watchful, praying daily to our Heavenly Father, giving thanks 
for all things. The time is nigh at hand when God will close these 
evil days for the elect's sake. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Local Churches and Co-operation 
J. H. Moore 

It would appear that there were no congregations organized 
during the ministry of Christ. Not until after the Day of Pentecost 
do we find even a semblance of an organization. The apostles, by 
Jesus, had been ordained, and were therefore prepared for any line 
of church work. Some time after the conversion of the three 
thousand, we find them taking steps looking to the systematizing of 
the affairs of the church at Jerusalem. The selection of the "seven" 
has a particular bearing on the question. Later we find churches in 
many of the cities, with their elders (or bishops), deacons, and 
other helpers. Thus it will be seen that the forming of the believers 
into local and properly-officered congregations was a gradual 
work, provided for, however, in the teachings of Jesus, and 
regulated by the Holy Spirit. 

While these local churches, in carrying forward the duties 
entrusted to them, operated more or less independently, still they 
were held together by a common interest and purpose, along with 
the oneness of faith and practice so clearly set forth in the New 
Testament Scriptures. When necessary, they could co-operate, 
even to the forming of decrees, as will be seen by referring to the 
action of the Conference at Jerusalem (Acts 15:23; 16:4). In 
keeping with what was done at the Jerusalem conference, any 
number of congregations may co-operate in dealing with matters 
pertaining to the interests of the kingdom, and so long as these 
congregations working together, — or even separately, for that 
matter, — keep within the New Testament bounds, they may adopt 
such measures as wisdom would dictate in carrying forward the 
work entrusted to them. 

This paves the way for District or General Conferences, as well 
as for conventions. Co-operation, and even organization for that 
purpose, are in perfect keeping with the Gospel. This does not 
mean that a Conference has authority to enact laws and enforce 
them as such; but it does mean that it is her privilege, and at times 
her duty, so far as necessary, to interpret the Scriptures, and to aid 
in enforcing any duty enjoined by Christ or any of the New 
Testament writers. The function of any Conference is largely 
judiciary and executive, but not legislative. In its work it must be 
governed by what the New Testament teaches, both in word and 
spirit. The aim of a Conference should be the unity of the body, 
loyalty to the Scriptures, efficiency in service, and adoption of any 
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THE EYE OF THE STORM 

"Fear not that the whirlwind shall carry thee hence 

Nor wait for the onslaught in breathless suspence, 

Nor shrink from the whips of the terrible hail, 

But pass through the edge to the heart of the gale 

For there is a shelter sunlighted and warm, 

And faith sees her God through the eye of the storm. 

'The passionate tempest with rush and wild roar 

And threatenings of evil may beat on the shore, 

The waves may be mountains, the fields battle plains, 

And the earth be immersed in a deluge of rains, 

Yet, the soul stayed on God, may sing bravely its psalm, 

For the heart of the storm Is the center of calm. 

"Let hope be not quenched in the blackness of night, 
Though the cyclone awhile may have blotted the light, 
For behind the great darkness the stars ever shine, 
And the light of God's heavens, His love shall make thine, 
Let no gloom dim thine eyes, but uplift them on high 
To the face of thy God and the blue of His sky. 

"The storm is thy shelter, from danger and sin, 
And God Himself takes thee for safety within; 
The tempest with Him passeth into deep calm, 
And the roar of the winds is the sound of a Psalm. 
Be glad and serene when the tempest clouds form; 
God smiles on His child in the eye of the storm." 

- Selected by Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

ALONE WITH GOD 

"Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst." 
John 8:9. 

Alone with Jesus! What a sweet and holy spot! What a blessed 
refuge to which the soul may betake itself from the charges of 
Satan, the accusations of the world, and the sorrows of life! Sweet 
spot for the heart to unfold itself to tell its hidden tale in the ear of 
Infinite love, tenderness and compassion! 

Alone with Jesus! How different a front would Christianity 
present to the world if the Lord's people were oftener there! What 
humility, and gentleness, and love, would characterize all their 
dealings! What holiness stamped on the very brow, that all might 
read! What few judgements passed on others, how many more on 
ourselves! What calmness and resignation and joyful submission 
to all the Lord's dealings! 



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Be much "alone with Jesus!" Then will the passage to glory be 
one of sunshine, whether it be through the portals of the grave or 
through the clouds of Heaven. 

- F. Whitfield 

Selected by L. H. Miller 

THE VICTORIOUS RESURRECTION OF JESUS 

When our blessed Saviour was alive in His earthly body He said 
to destroy this temple and in three days he would raise it up. The 
scribes and Pharisees remembered this and used all their wisdom 
and powers to hinder the resurrection of Jesus. A great stone was 
placed at the entrance of the sepulcher where Jesus was laid after 
He suffered the cruel death on the cross. Also soldiers were placed 
there for a watch to make sure His body would stay in the grave. 

The power of God was manifested as a great earthquake took 
place. An angel of the Lord appeared and rolled the stone away 
and sat upon it and the soldiers became as dead men. 
Up from the grave He arose, 
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes; 

This was a great victory for all mankind. Two women came to the 
tomb to see and anoint the body of Jesus. Two angels of the Lord 
were there and said, "Why seek ye the living among the dead. He is 
not here but is risen." 

He arose a Victor from the dark domain, 
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. 

This was hard for His followers to understand. He made Himself 
known after death. 

The way is now open. We can be victorious. The great victory 
Christ won is a blessing for those who receive His saving gospel. 
We can be victorious over death and the grave. We can go from 
mortality to immortality, away from the hardships of this life to 
eternal joy and happiness. This can be done by accepting the 
saving Gospel of Christ. By the new birth we pass from darkness to 
light; from death to life; from the power of Satan to the power of 
God. 

Henceforth we should walk in the Spirit and live daily in Christ 
Jesus our Saviour. No one can take on Christ without taking Him 
as Lord of his life. We cannot be a true Christian without living the 
Christ like life. Sin and death are in the way of those who fail to 
accept Christ as their Saviour. If we live our life here in this world 
with Him we can rise to eternal glory with Him. Have we renounced 
Satan with all his sinful ways and pleasures of this world? 

The Apostle Paul had a great desire to know Christ and the 
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be made alive. As we have borne the image of the earthly we shall 
also bear the image of the heavenly. This corruptible, mortal body 
shall put on incorruption and immortality, and death is swallowed 
up in victory. The Apostles were given great power and witness of 
the resurrection and great grace was upon them. 

Job asked, "If a man die shall he live again?" Let us ever be 
mindful of the great sacrifice our Heavenly Father and His Son 
made for our redemption to inherit eternal salvation. With the 
many comfortable words in the saving Gospel of Christ, we should 
arise and shine and be a bright light in our day of darkness in the 
midst of a crooked and perverse generation. We may turn many to 
the way of truth and righteousness. 

Christ intends that His people may be able through Him to arise 
from the grave in like manner as He did. The Saviour risen from the 
dead proved beyond a doubt that He is the Son of God and we can 
depend upon His word as truth. We have His guide book to safety 
and everlasting salvation. He paid the price for us, for it was 
impossible for us to pay. Such a debt of love and service, we owe 
Him. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship 
one with another and the blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin. 

We shall not escape eternal punishment if we neglect this great 
salvation. He said to His own, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye 
believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many 
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you." He has gone to 
prepare a place for the faithful. He is coming back to Earth to 
receive His faithful servants unto Himself. Are you prepared and 
ready for His appearing? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
901 Chambers Road 
York, PA 17402 

NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

Greetings in Jesus' name to all the Brethren, Sisters and kind 
friends who sent me cards, letters and telephone calls while I was 
in the hospital. I am now back at Mt. Hope Home and slowly 
recovering from my fall. I want to say thank you to each one and 
may God bless you for your love, prayers and concern. It means so 
much to me. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Virgie Rio 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Brother Kenneth Wilkerson is: R. 1 , Box 294, 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067. 



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VOL. LXVI 



DECEMBER 15, 1988 



NO. 24 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS 

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 

All seated on the ground, 

The angel of the Lord came down, 

And glory shone around. 

"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread 
Had seized their troubled mind, 
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring, 
To you and all mankind." 

'To you, in David's town, this day 
Is born, of David's line, 
The Savior, who is Christ the Lord; 
And this shall be the sign." 

"The heav'nly Babe you there shall find 
To human view displayed, 
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands, 
And in a manger laid." 

"All glory be to God on high, 

And to the earth be peace; 

Good-will henceforth from heav'n to men 

Begin, and never cease." 

- Nahum Tate 



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KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCK 

The first public announcement of the birth of Jesus was to the 
shepherds who were watching their flock in the hills near Bethle- 
hem. We might suppose such an event would first be announced in 
Herod's palace, but Herod didn't even know about it until told by 
the Wise Men many months later. God had reasons to make this 
announcement of peace on earth and good will to men to the 
shepherds. 

The shepherds were common men doing their daily jobs. The 
leaders of the land, political or Spiritual, ignored them, yet they 
were necessary. The shepherds were the first to hear and respond 
to the message. When Herod eventually heard, his response was to 
eliminate another rival as he had eliminated members of his own 
family whom he distrusted. But the shepherds hurried to the stable 
to see the Babe. They came to worship the One who had been so 
long expected, yet so little accepted. 

This is but the first example of His relationship with the common 
people. The common people who heard Him gladly while the 
Pharisees and other leaders ridiculed, opposed and rejected Him. It 
has been the common people since who have worshipped and 
accepted Him most readily. The rich, famous and powerful were 
and still are too self-reliant to yield themselves to Him and His plan 
for their lives. Very few of the great and noble can lower them- 
selves to follow the meek and self-deprecating way demanded by 
Christ. By their intelligence, money or power they feel they can 
secure the blessings of this life as well as eternal blessings to 
follow. 

The common people are used to following. But even some 

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common people who hope to become rich, famous or powerful so 
they follow the example of those who already have attained such a 
lifestyle. They then imagine themselves to be self-reliant and lose 
their leadability. 

The shepherds were no accidental choice as the first to hear the 
glad tidings. Jesus would be identified with shepherds throughout 
His ministry. He would even call Himself the Good Shepherd. He 
would wander across Israel from Galilee to Judea through Samaria 
and around the Sea of Galilee and back again. Like the shepherd 
He was bringing the food needed by the sheep. The shepherds 
moved their flocks to the green pastures. Jesus moved to where 
the people were so He could feed them Spiritually. 

The shepherd had to give himself to serve his sheep. It was his 
responsibility to lead the sheep in safe pathways, to green pastures, 
to still waters. He had to defend the sheep. Though the sheep 
might have mock bravery, especially when fighting amongst them- 
selves, they were no match for the dogs, wolves and other enemies 
that might attack them. Their environment required a shepherd 
who would be sure their food and drink was safe. The Good 
Shepherd must be the protector of the sheep Spiritually, being sure 
they are not destroyed by the open or subtle methods of the Devil 
nor poisoned by the misapplication or perversion of the Word of 
God. 

The Angels made their Heavenly announcement to several 
shepherds, but there was only one flock. The individual sheep 
made up this flock. There were many with their individual 
personalities yet they were one group guided, protected and fed by 
the sheperds. These sheep represent Christians but fearfully the 
unity of that flock is lacking. The shepherds have disagreed among 
themselves. Some have even given up their work. Some have been 
proven to be unfaithful, even leading some of the sheep astray. 
Some of the sheep, depending upon their own mock bravery, have 
disrupted the fiock. 

In Gethsemane, Jesus prayed that His flock might be united. His 
will was not for the sheep to be scattered, although having varying 
personalities He wanted them to be molded into one flock. Each 
was to serve Him faithfully and to be submissive to the shepherds 
who were faithfully and truthfully leading them. 

The shepherds were the first to hear for they were out with their 
flock even at night. The night represents many dangers. Not only 
is darkness dangerous but it can hide many other dangers. So the 
shepherds were there with the sheep. They were where they 
should be and they were the ones who first heard the news and saw 
the Heavenly sight. The angels appeared to the shepherds not to 
kings or priests. 



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Jesus' earthly ministry would be more identified with the 
shepherds than with the rulers although He is the Prince of Peace, 
Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He was submissive to His Father 
while serving the human family in temporal and material, as well as 
in Spiritual ways. 

Might we learn from the prominence of the shepherds in this 
event that the common, submissive, serviceable person is the one 
who can be best used by the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls. 

HOW SHALL THIS BE? 

Luke 1:28-35 

The time had come and all things were ready for the birth of our 
Savior. God had selected a certain time, a certain place, and a 
certain young woman to be the mother. The Bible contains various 
prophecies concerning Christ, and all were to be fulfilled totally. 
His birth was the answer to the need of mankind, a redeemer. 

God first promised a Savior many years earlier. He was not 
going to allow Satan to have the upper hand, even though man had 
sinned and alienated himself from God. God made Adam and Eve 
leave the Garden after they had sinned to be sure mankind would 
not live forever in a sinful state. Gen. 3:24 says angels with flashing 
swords were placed by the garden "to keep the way of the tree of 
life." Our Savior is this way of life. 

God's will is for us to live. Sin brings death, so something had to 
be done. Cain transgressed God's laws when he killed his brother. 
God punished him by making Cain a fugitive. Cain wasn't allowed 
to stay in one place. He wasn't allowed to stay near his family, the 
earth wouldn't produce for him either, and he was afraid. Cain 
said, "My punishment is greater than I can bear." (Gen. 4:13) So it 
has been with man ever since — our punishment is greater than we 
can bear. Our transgressions isolate us from God, and we are 
without hope, except in Jesus. 

Adam and Eve knew they did wrong, Cain knew he did wrong, 
but that knowledge wasn't enough. They needed a remedy, a 
means of forgiveness and reconciliation with God. No amount of 
remorse could undo their actions. No amount of remorse could 
restore Abel to life. Without a means of cleansing, they were in a 
hopeless mess. How then could they ever get out of it? 

Mary asked, "How shall this be?" She was concerned at that 
moment about the fact that she was to have a child, yet she didn't 
have a husband. How could such a thing be? It was against nature, 
but the angel said it would happen. Her heart was troubled, but the 
angel said, "Fear not." He said God had it all arranged, every detail 
was covered, and her needs would be taken care of. 



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"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1 :37. Not even 
a virgin birth is impossible. Not even forgiveness is impossible. Not 
even the changing of our hearts is impossible. God has made a 
way, He has said how it would be, and it's up to us to accept it. Like 
Cain, our punishment is greater than we can bear alone. Like 
Adam and Eve, we reap what we have sown, and we suffer because 
of our sins. We can't face the reality of our soul's need without a 
Savior. 

The human heart cannot face a just God without Jesus. We need 
a mediator and we need assurance that God has forgiven us. There 
is so much that we need and how shall it be — without Jesus? The 
fact is, it can't be until we submit to Him and seek to do His will. 

Mary was human as we are and she didn't understand what was 
happening. She knew God was doing something special, but it was 
beyond her comprehension. Yet she made herself available to 
God. She questioned Him, but not for long. The angel's answer 
satisfied her and she went on about life with the confidence that 
God's plan would unfold. 

Not a one of us can fully understand God's plan of salvation. The 
question comes to our hearts, "How can God accept us when we've 
messed up our lives so badly? How can He bring us close to His 
heart and love us when we are often so unlovable? When Mary 
asked, "How shall this be?", she wasn't doubting. She was antici- 
pating the event, but couldn't understand how it would occur. Like 
her, we don't understand, but we don't need to. It is enough to say, 
"Be it unto me according to Thy Word." 

Jesus was born of a virgin, He did die to save us. He intercedes 
for us now before God. How can it be, that He would do so much 
for us? It shall be when we come to Him, when we let go of our will 
and obey Him. We don't understand it, but we can accept it and be 
blessed. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Born to be King" 

As we consider the birth of the King it would seem important to 
take a look at His genealogy in Matthew! There, we find the roots 
of Jesus dating back to Abraham, Father of the Jewish race. Pay 
attention to the fact that there are some very notorious sinners 
listed there. We see names like Rahab, Tamar, David and 
Bathsheba. These individuals all committed grievous sins but they 
are included in the list. The fact that Christ's linage shows these 
very human individuals proves a first important fact — that He was 
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whom He would die one eventful day about thirty three years later. 

Even though many of the people listed were full of sin at times... 
sin never touched this One, born King. He was wholly without sin. 
We, because of Adamic sin, inherited sin natures and because of 
our own selfish natures, required salvation which could come only 
from this sinless Man. 

Look at the promise. God had promised that in Abraham's seed, 
all of the world would be blessed. God always keeps His promises. 
He promised to raise up a Saviour from the family of David and He 
kept that promise faithfully. Of equal importance is His promise to 
save us if we come to Him in faith and obedience. He answers our 
prayers, blesses our lives, and someday will take us home at the 
end of the way. This child... born King... is our ONLY HOPE... the 
hope of ages past and of this age. 

This One born to be King was to be born of a marvelous young 
woman named Mary. God sent His personal angel messenger, 
Gabriel, down to her and informed her that she was going to bring 
forth a Son. She was amazed and frightened because she had not 
yet consumated her betrothal with Joseph. But Mary trusted in the 
Lord with all of her heart and accepted this great blessing and 
responsibility. 

Imagine the concern of Joseph when he learned of Mary's 
condition. He did not yet know that this conception was of God 
and that it was to change the course of man's history. But he was 
patient and tender and didn't act hastily. He just waited. Isaiah 
said that "they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be 
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." When a man waits upon 
the Lord, the Lord moves to help him... always! Our trouble today 
is that we are always in too big a hurry. We take the bit in our 
mouths and rush ahead. While our forefathers were content to wait 
a week for the next train, we get angry when we miss one section of 
a revolving door! We frequently ruin things because of our rushing 
ahead of God. 

As Joseph waited, God spoke to him. The angel of the Lord 
appeared to him and said, (my words) "Joseph, all is well. Mary 
has not sinned. That which is conceived in her is of the Holy 
Spirit." God planned for this Child, born to be King, to grow up in a 
normal home environment and have the experiences of a normal 
boy so that He could sympathize with us and help us in our 
experiences of life. 

Many cult religions today build up false ideas about Mary. They 
worship her in many ways. They say that she remained a 
"perpetual virgin" and that Christ was her only child. Yet the Bible 
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13:55. They say that she is a mediator between God and man. But 
the Bible plainly says in I Timothy 2:5 that, "there is one mediator 
between God and man, the Man, Christ Jesus." They say that she 
never died but that she was taken up bodily into heaven. This 
doctrine was adopted just a few years ago and thus she has 
become an object of worship... yet, the Bible plainly teaches us that 
the only One to be worshiped is the God-head. 

How then, should we think of this "woman" who was to be the 
earthly, biological mother of the King? Simply, she was a good 
woman, a handmaiden and servant of the Lord. She was willing to 
be used of God for the prophetic fulfillment of His Word and will. In 
simple faith... not unlike many special Christian women today, she 
yielded in obedience to the will of God. She became the ultimate 
contrast to "mother Eve." Remember, outside of the sheer miracle 
of God, we need never try to understand this wonderful birth in all 
of its glory. 

Joseph was told that Mary would "bring forth a son and thou 
shalt call His Name Jesus, for He shall save the people from their 
sins." Great news! Glorious tidings! We can lift up our heads, 
though we are poor and lost, a part of seething humanity. WE 
HAVE A SAVIOUR! God Himself came down in human form and 
loved and died for us for our salvation! There can never be a more 
wonderful message than that. Never has there been such a bright 
light to light the darkness. We have hope... all because of this child 
born to be King. 

Alexander buiit an empire, Napoleon changed the nations of the 
world, Newton brought about an intellectual revolution, Edison 
created a new world of science but only One has touched and 
transformed the human heart. That was Jesus. 

May the sad commentary of the Christmas story... that there was 
no room for Jesus in the inn., never happen in our lives. May we 
always have room in our hearts for the one born King. Give the gift 
of your life to Him and you will one day live with Him as the 
conquering King in His place on high. 



Brother Len Wertz 



WHAT JESUS IS 



To the ARTIST He is the ALTOGETHER LOVELY. (Song of 
Solomon 5:16) 

To the ARCHITECT He is the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (I Peter 
2:6) 

To the ASTRONOMER He is the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 
(Mai. 4:2) 

To the BAKER He is the LIVING BREAD. (John 6:35) 



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To the BANKER He is the HIDDEN TREASURE. (Matt. 13:44) 
To the BIOLOGIST He is the LIFE. (John 14:6) 
To the BUILDER He is the SURE FOUNDATION. (II Tim. 2:19) 
To the DOCTOR He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN. (Luke 4:23) 
To the EDUCATOR He is the GREAT TEACHER. (John 3:2) 
To the ENGINEER He is the NEW AND LIVING WAY. (Hebrews 

10:20) 
To the FARMER He is the SOWER and the LORD OF HARVEST. 

(Matt. 13:3) 
To the FLORIST He is the ROSE OF SHARON and the LILY OF 

THE VALLEY. (Song of Sol. 2:1) 
To the GEOLOGIST He is the ROCK OF AGES. (I Cor. 10:4) 
To the HORTICULTURIST He is the TRUE VINE. (John 15:10) 
To the JUDGE He is the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE of all men. (II Tim. 

4:8) 
To the JUROR He is the FAITHFUL AND TRUE WITNESS. 

(Rev. 1:5) 
To the JEWELER He is the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. (Matt. 

14:46) 
To the LAWYER He is the COUNSELOR, the LAWGIVER and 

ADVOCATE. (Isa. 9:6) 
To the NEWSPAPER MAN He is the GOOD TIDINGS OF 

GREAT JOY. (Luke 2:10) 
To the OCULIST He is the LIGHT of the EYE. (Job 7:8) 
To the PHILANTROPIST He is the UNSPEAKABLE GIFT. (II 

Cor. 9:15) 
To the PREACHER He is the WORD OF GOD. (John 1:1) 
To the SCULPTOR He is the LIVING STONE. (I Peter 2:5) 
To the SERVANT He is the GOOD MASTER. (Luke 10:25) 
To the STATESMAN He is the DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS. 

(Hag. 2:7) 
To the STUDENT He is the INCARNATE TRUTH. (Eph. 1:13) 
To the THEOLOGIAN He is the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our 

FAITH. (Heb. 12:2) 
To the TOILER He is the giver of REST. (Matt. 1 1 :28) 
To the SINNER He is the LAMB OF GOD that taketh away the 

SIN of the WORLD. (John 1:29) 
To the ONES who TRUST Him, He is their SAVIOR, LORD, 

SHEPHERD, HIGH PRIEST, COMING KING of KINGS and LORD 

of LORDS. (Rev. 19:16) 

- Author Unknown 

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION 

Joel 3:14, "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision: for 
the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." 

Luke 14:26, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and 
mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and 
his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." 

First of all, let us state that we acknowledge that our opening 
verse taken from the book of Joel, taken within its context, relates 
to prophecy. We apologize to anyone who may be offended by our 
use of this verse. 

We have very recently went through a very personal valley of 
decision. Our decision to join the Dunkard Brethren Church was a 
struggle in one sense and a victory in another sense. We have 
deeply appreciated the love and acceptance we have found within 
the Dunkard Brethren Church for several years now. This made 
our decision very easy. However, we continue to have a great deal 
of love forthose we have "left behind". This made the decision very 
difficult. y 

Our second verse, taken from the book of Luke, is perhaps the 
most difficult verse in Holy Scripture when applied in a personal 
way. It must be understood that the word "hate" is used in a 
relational way in this particular passage of Scripture. We believe it 
can be defined as "love less than." When a decision involves your 
family, whether it is the entire family or a single member, it makes 
the decision much more difficult. However, this verse, along with 
other scripture, makes it clear that even our own loved ones must 
take second place to the Lord Jesus Christ and His command- 
ments. 

We believe much of the earthly church is in a valley of decision. 
There are many teachings and doctrines we are confronted with 
that leaves us in a valley of decision. We believe this is perhaps 
more true of us that are a part of the plain way of life than any other 
type of conviction. The vast majority of the books written today 
along with radio and other media outreaches such as Christian 
literature would lead one to believe that there is no need to live a 
life of nonconformity to the world. Reading is one of our favorite 
pastimes. However, we are more than a little troubled about the 
many books that give a glowing "christian testimony" that involve 
individuals who follow the fashions of this world as well as attend 
worldly amusements. Along with this we are astonished at the 
number of books in recent years which give the impression that the 
Bible sanctions divorce and remarriage. It cannot be denied that 
this type of literature has had a great impact on Christendom as a 
whole. We wonder how much of an impact it has had on members 



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of plain denominations and groups? 

We are especially concerned how this type of teaching may have 
an impact on our youth. While our youth, especially those in the 
teenage years, are going through their own personal valley of 
decision they are bombarded with outside influences. The time 
when the plain people were almost all farmers or tradesmen and 
lived in a closed community is, with a very few exceptions, a thing 
of the past. We must face the reality that our "community" now 
includes those who have broken homes and other problems that 
our forefathers knew very little, if anything, about. The lack of 
young people in at least some, and perhaps many, of our 
congregations forces those of their teenage years to seek com- 
panionship outside of our fellowship. While it would seem good to 
seek other Christians as friends and companions, we must also 
realize that the vast majority of these will try to belittle the plain way 
of life. We have no easy answer to the obvious problem of a lack of 
companionship for many of our youth and the perhaps related 
problem of the failure of many of our youth to accept the plain way 
of life. But we believe it is an area where much prayer and 
compassion is needed. 

Another area of decision that is not popular today is to "hate 
—(our) own life also." In place of this many are teaching that we 
must love ourself before we can love others! But "self-love" is not 
limited to those who are progressive minded. We are concerned 
that many plain individuals and groups are so filled with "self-love" 
that they are almost reluctant to recognize a plain Brother or Sister 
as a fellow contender for the Faith. When we compare ourselves 
with the Lord Jesus Christ all of us fall short. This should prevent 
us from judging others to the extent that WE decide who will enter 
the gates of Heaven. This does not mean we do not hold standards 
or preach and teach our convictions. It is our conviction that when 
we become convinced that our little group or denomination is the 
only ones who are "right" we are in danger of being cultic rather 
than contenders. 

The most important decision any individual will ever make is to 
accept or reject the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood for our 
sins. If you are in this valley of decision we urge you not to linger 
there too long, Eternity is forever. It will be a reality of Heaven or 
Hell. As we each struggle with our valley of decisions let us pray 
for one another and share the love of Christ. 



Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1928 

JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN 

Genesis 45:2 

Reuben Shroyer 

"And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh 
heard." 

This scripture in the Old Testament reminds us of another in the 
New Testament. 

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto 
God, and the prisoners heard them." 

Now, we would imagine that Joseph would have been the person 
to sing, Paul and Silas to weep. Joseph was surrounded with every 
happiness, whilst Paul and Silas were in a dungeon, in the dark; 
hungry, and thirsty; their feet in the stocks. It is an awful thing to 
hear a man weep aloud. There must be some cause for it. Why did 
Joseph weep aloud? He has sent all his servants out of the room. 
He is alone with his brethren. And the first thing his servants hear 
is somebody weeping aloud. It is Joseph's voice. Why did he so 
weep aloud? Answer: 

1. HIS PENT-UP FEELINGS. 

When we give way to our feelings directly, we can get through 
without much trouble, but when we restrain them for a while, they 
become turbulent. Now, Joseph had been refraining himself for 
months and on several very trying occasions. Is it any wonder that 
when all this was at its height, it vented itself in these emotions? 
There was the sight of Benjamin. He was his own dear brother, my 
mother's son. For twenty years they had been separated. Would 
not the sight of Benjamin unnerve Joseph? Then there were the 
thoughts of his father. His brethren had been speaking much of 
Jacob, of the old man, of his grey hairs, of how he pined for 
Joseph. This had stirred Joseph to the depths. Then there was the 
harsh treatment of his brethren. He had recognized them the 
instant they entered his presence. He put them through a rigorous 
course of discipline. His lessons for them had cut them like knives. 
He had charged them with meaning treachery, theft, falsehood, yet 
his heart turned towards them. Then there was Juda, his earnest 
pleadings. There are not more melting words in the Bible, and 
Joseph (no marvel) wept aloud after that intercession. Then there 
was what he was about to disclose to them. Startling news has a 
fashion of choking our utterance. Who has not wept aloud when 
he was about to relate what would be sure to produce weeping? 
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sold into Egypt." It is surprising that with this disclosure on his lips 
Joseph wept aloud ere he could stammer it forth? Now arises the 
question: What do WE weep for? Will mention some things we may 
properly weep for: 

OUR SINS. They offend and dishonor God. They defile, and 
wound and destroy our souls. They crucified Jesus. We are 
indignant with the Jews and Romans for piercing His precious 
flesh on Calvary. But our sins complelled Him to be so tortured. 
Oh, weep over your sins as Peter did over his denial of Jesus. 

2. OUR UNKINDNESS. We do not intend always to injure or 
distress, but we say what does it or we do what does it and we treat 
it lightly. We wish children would learn and keep in mind these 
lines. Evil is wrought from want of thought as well as from want of 
heart. 

There is nothing which will so haunt us when we are lying at the 
gates of death as unkindness. Then we shall bewail them, but it is 
better to do so now, when we can pick out the thorn both from our 
own conscience and the wrong one's side. 

3. OUR INGRATITUDE. Who has not these to mourn over? 
Ingratitude to God, our creator. Ingratitude to Jesus, who 
redeemed us by His own shame and agony. Ingratitude to the Holy 
Spirit, who has sought our salvation when we disregarded it. 
Ingratitude to all who are over us in the Lord. 

4. OUR WASTED OPPORTUNITIES. We might have gathered 
wisdom, which is above riches. We might have gained God's favor. 
We might have adorned ourselves with virtues and graces, but we 
let the whole train glide by without seizing on a single gem. 

Weep for these lost opportunities. Oh, let us pour our tears at 
Jesus' feet, and God will hear our own tears and say, I have blotted 
out your transgressions for His sake who once wept at Gethsem- 
ane garden for thee. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Congregation and Her Work 
J. H. Moore 

Any congregation is duly authorized to put into operation any 
part of the Gospel pertaining to the work of the church. She can 
select her officers, administer discipline and observe the ordi- 
nances of the house of God. It is her duty to see to the preaching of 
the Word, the maintaining of the principles of the church, and in 
the unity of membership labor for the purity, loyalty and efficiency 
of the body. So long as she keeps within the limits of the Gospel it 
is her duty, in the administering of discipline, to loose or to bind. 



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Regulated by the Gospel and guided by the Spirit, she can and 
should pass on the membership of her own body, her aim being to 
bring all the members of the body to the highest possible plane of 
living and usefulness. 

In the maintenance of purity, loyalty and efficiency in the 
membership, it becomes the duty of each and every congregation 
to administer discipline in an earnest, a wise, a loving and a faithful 
manner. Every member who has, by way of the new birth, entered 
the church family, is a child of God, and it becomes the duty of the 
body organized to take a special interest in each new-born 
creature, and aid in developing and training such a one for Christ 
and his service. The life of a child of God is precious in the sight of 
the Great Father; he is an heir of the kingdom, and to trifle with his 
title to a home in the heavenly kingdom is a serious matter. Any 
attempt to disinherit him, before he has, by his waywardness, 
clearly forfeited his rights to the heavenly inheritance, will most 
assuredly meet with the disapproval of Heaven. It is the duty of the 
church to labor wisely and earnestly for the salvation of every one 
entering the church home, and in administering discipline this 
should be kept in view. 

And while this is true, the dignity, standing, purity and authority 
of the church must not be sacrificed. Upon the part of any well- 
organized body, charity and authority should stand side by side, 
and love and justice should go hand in hand. While protecting the 
rights and privileges of each one the members as a whole, should 
be brought to realize the importance of respecting the dignity, 
standing and authority of the church. No church can expect to 
have any standing in a community unless she measures up well to 
her highest claims. The people of a community may have charity 
for a weak and indifferent church member, but they look with 
disdain upon a weak, indifferent and inconsistent church. If the 
church would have a good influence in any city, town or com- 
munity, she will find it necessary to have her members, in their 
manner of living, in their dealings, and in everything else that goes 
to make up true manhood and womanhood in Christ Jesus, 
measure up, as closely as possible, to the higher claims of 
Christianity. Those around us may not accept some things we 
teach, but on every hand they will be found giving us credit for 
strength, firmness, and loyalty to the principles we teach, for 
consistency, and for the charity that is due to others. And while 
striving for these higher ideals, let each congregation have for its 
aim the saving of souls, the perfecting of the saints in Christ Jesus, 
and the making of the church an honor to the cause it represents. 



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OBITUARY 

LUCILLE THRONE 

Sis. Lucille M. Throne was born November 16, 1926, in Defiance 
County, Ohio the daughter of Martha (Pendleton) and Clyde Riter. 
She passed away at her home near Alvordton, Ohio, the morning of 
October 13, 1988, at the age of 61. 

Sis. Lucille was married to Bro. George Throne on December 24, 
1944. They made their home on the farm near Alvordton. 
Preceding her marriage, Sis. Lucille had lived in Bryan, Ohio. 

In 1951, Bro. George became a deacon at the Pleasant Ridge 
Church. She served with him in this work, as well as being a 
Sunday School teacher for many years. Sis. Lucille and Bro. 
George served at Torreon Navajo Mission, Cuba, New Mexico for 
about two and a half years. She was always interested in the work 
there, as well as home mission work. 

Sis. Lucille is survived by her husband, George; their five 
children, Kathy Purk of Bryan, Ohio, Danny of West Unity, Ohio, 
Martha Heer of West Unity, Ohio, Margaret Snyder of Denver, 
Pennsylvania and Stuart of Alvordton, Ohio; her twin sister, Marceil 
Bruet, Bryan, Ohio, twin brothers, Lyle and Leslie Riter of Bryan, 
Ohio and Calvin Riter of Stryker, Ohio; also twelve grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. 

Services were held at the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren 
Church, with Elder Edward Johnson and Bro. Dennis St. John 
officiating. 

"Where's Mom?" 

When I was but a little child, 

I'd goto school all day, 

And when I stepped inside the door, 

You'd always hear me say, "Where's Mom?" 

Now time has passed and mine are grown, 
But one thing has never changed. 
When they return and I'm not there, 
You'll hear them say, "Where's Mom?" 

Then time continued through the years, 

And they now have a home. 

But it is just the same. 

When they come home, I hear them say, "Where's Mom?" 

And when I get my home above, 
If they've all been true to Him, 
I'm sure I'll hear each one say, 
Please tell me, "Where's Mom?" 

- Lucille Throne 



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Lucille and I talked many times during her long illness. She 
accepted her suffering with grace that only the Lord can give Her 
hope was that all would prepare for that crossing over the river. 
What a blessing to know there is rest in Jesus from this world and 
its cares. 

My family and I wish to thank you all for your cards, prayers and 
support during Lucille's illness. God bless, and we love you all. 

Brother George Throne and family 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

The new address of Elder Rudy Cover is: 2435 Temperate 
Avenue, Modesto, California 95351. 

The new address of Bro. Jan L. Heisey is: R. 1 Box 31 Taylors- 
ville, Mississippi 39168. His new telephone number is- 601- 
785-4461. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
The first Sunday of November we were privileged to enjoy 
another Lovefeast Day. It was a day of Spiritual messages and 
Christian fellowship. We appreciate Bro. David Augnst, bringing 
us many inspiring thoughts for Christian living. Bro Carl 
Broadwater officiated in the evening. 

We have rejoiced on behalf of seven persons who have united 
with our congregation during the past summer. Four were baptized 
in connection with our Revival Meeting in August. Elder Fred Pifer 
inspired us with spiritual and challenging messages May God 
bless and guide Bro. Fred and Sis. Diane and their family as they 
labor in God's service. Also, our special concerns and prayers 
should be in support of the new lambs. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

NOTICE 

Lesson leaflets with a Bible story and a picture to color are 
available from the Bible Study Board for the Primary Sunday 
School Classes. Write to: Bro. Fred Pifer, R. 3 Box 184, Adel, Iowa 
50003. 

THANK YOU 

I wish to thank all of you for your cards, flowers, prayers and 
other expressions of thoughtfulness during my recent illness Your 
concern and prayers made my recuperation a much shorter and 
more tolerable experience. I am most grateful for your friendship. 

Sister Mamie Broadwater 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 1989 

January 1 - The Alpha and Omega - Revelation 1:1-20 

1. What promise is given to those who study and receive the 
message of Revelation? verse 3. 

2. How is Christ our Alpha and Omega? Hebrews 12:2. 
January 8 - The Church in Ephesus - Revelation 2:1-7. 

1. What was missing in the church at Ephesus? verse 4. 

2. Can we "go through the motions" without devotion? 
I Cor. 13:1-3. 

January 1 5 - The Church in Smyrna - Revelation 2:8-1 1 . 

1. Name the strengths of the Smyrna Church. 

2. How long does God desire faithfulness? verse 10. 
January 22 - The Church in Pergamos - Revelation 2:12-17. 

1. What basic problem existed in Pergamos? 

2. Does pressure cause us to compromise? 

January 29 - The Church in Thyatira - Revelation 2:18-29. 

1 . What problem did Christ see in the church at Thyatira? 

2. How should the Church guard against evil today? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JANUARY 1989 

January 1 - Our Resolutions - Luke 16:1-17. 

1. What master (v. 13) are we resolved to serve in 1989? 

2. What are the true riches in verse 11? 

January 8 - Our Shallowness - Ez. 33:30-32, Mark 4:16-17, John 
6:64-69, Eph. 4:14-16. 

1. Name some symptoms of "spiritual shallowness." 

2. Name some signs of "spiritual depth." Mark 4:20. 
January 15 - Monuments - Jer. 1:17-19, Gal, 2:8-10, Rev. 3:10-12. 

1. Who will be a pillar of the faith? Rev. 3:12. 

2. How are pillars of the faith "built?" 

January 22 - Living Forever- Luke 18:18-30, John 3:14-21, 36. 

1. Who is our ticket to eternal life? John 3:16. 

2. What was lacking in the young ruler's life? 

January 29 -Our Virtue- II Peter 1:3-11, Phil. 4:6-9, I Peter3:10-12. 

1. Define Christian virtue. 

2. Why should virtue precede knowledge? II Cor. 8:1.